Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS)
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. Because police handle 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, background investigation, and polygraph test.
Letter to Applicant
In addition to special events and projects, volunteer assignments include:
Nicole Rogers, 425-556-2632
Redmond Police Explorers
Redmond Police Explorers is 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. 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
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 Beard prior to doing so. Visit here to view a "Thank You" video from our Explorer Post to the Redmond Community.
Contact: Officer Julie Beard, 425-556-2659
Community Policing Advisory Board
The Redmond Police Community Policing Advisory Board (CPAB) is a volunteer group of community members who assist with creating and improving problem solving strategies for the diverse problems and issues brought to the attention of the Redmond Police Department.
CPAB 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 and are selected through an application process that consists of an application form, criminal history check, and interview. Members help the fulfill the Redmond Police Department's Mission Statement "To Provide Quality Policing In Partnership With The Community"
Contact: Lt. Charlie Gorman, 425-556-2566
Community Policing 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