Public Safety

Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS)

Volunteer Helmet Fitting

The Redmond Police Department recruits volunteers willing to be involved and make a difference in our community. Applicants are assigned based on their abilities and department needs. Some of the assignments we have include: Home Safety Assessment Team, Chaplains, Crime Prevention Assistant, Records/Fingerprinting, Emergency Management, Special Events, Investigations, Outreach Patrol, Speed Watch Trailer Deployment and many more. Because our department handles sensitive information and are held to high standards by the public, we take great care before accepting candidates. Our application and screening process takes several weeks and includes a series of interviews, reference checks and background investigation.

        Letter to Applicant 

        Minimum Requirements 

        Volunteer Application

Contact: Nicole Rogers, 425-556-2632 or

Redmond Police Explorers

Explorer Post

Our Explorer Post consists of a group of youth volunteers, ages 14-21, who are interested in the field of Law Enforcement. There is no residency requirement; current members hail from throughout King County. Some explorers may aspire to become police officers while others are merely interested in learning about the profession while gathering community service hours. They work city events such as Derby Days and Redmond Lights, assist the Department with large crime scenes by conducting evidence searches and controlling scene perimeters, and go on ride-alongs with patrol officers.

The application process requires candidates to complete a written application and pass an interview. A thorough background check is conducted in which references and criminal history are evaluated. Explorers are required to have a minimum 2.0 grade point average, clean criminal history, and be willing to commit to one year of volunteering. 

        Letter to Applicant 

        Explorer Application

Each Explorer commits to at least four hours of community service a month, fulfilled by attending meetings on the first and third Tuesday of the month. Meetings are held from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Redmond Police Department. Individuals interested are welcome to observe a meeting, but must contact Officer George prior to doing so. Visit here to view a "Thank You" video from our Explorer Post to the Redmond Community.

Contact: Officer Kevin Kaptur, 425-556-2664 

Public Safety Advisory Board (PSAB)

The Redmond Public Safety Advisory Board (PSAB) is a volunteer group of community members who assist the Redmond Police and Fire Departments by providing resident feedback on police and fire programs and initiatives. 

PSAB has covered several topics in its history, including: Homeland Security, terrorism, aggressive driving, car prowl, auto theft, volunteers, narcotics enforcement, Redmond youth issues, school resource officers, traffic calming, special event planning, emergency response, and major case overview. Other areas of interest to the Advisory Board include: senior citizen outreach, organized crime, neighborhood watch program enhancement, and legal updates presented by the City of Redmond Prosecutor's Office.

Members must reside or work in Redmond or within the service area of Fire District 34 and are selected through an application process that consists of an application form, criminal history check, and interview. 

Contact: Redmond Police Commander Charlie Gorman at 425-556-2566 or

        Public Safety Advisory Board Application 

Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES)

The Redmond Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) team provides emergency communication services for the City of Redmond. If normal communications are disrupted, team members can relay messages for fire, police, and other public service agencies within the city. Redmond ARES can also provide information and communication assistance to other city, county, state, and national emergency service organizations.

Contact: Janeen Olson, 425-556-2251

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Once you receive CERT training, help spread the word and prepare your community for the unexpected.

Contact: Janeen Olson, 425-556-2251

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