Volunteers provide a critical and invaluable service to the St. Joseph Police Department as they provide experience and wisdom gathered throughout a lifetime in our community. Opportunities for volunteers include the Chaplain Corps, clerical and administrative duties, as well as patrolling our parkway system as a member of the Trail Watch.
Our Trail Watch volunteers patrol our hike and bike trails, helping create a safe, clean environment for citizens to exercise and relax by being an extra set of eyes. They watch for and report suspicious subjects, people having medical problems and hazards such as fallen trees. The volunteers make their own schedules, routinely scheduling shifts during daylight hours and throughout the year as weather conditions allow. They travel the trail system in golf carts or ATVs equipped with water, emergency supplies and a cell phone. This is a service provided to the extent volunteers are available to patrol our parkway system.
Last year, volunteers invested 1,670 hours of their time to assist the police department and our community. The department would like to thank all the volunteers for their valuable service. If you are interested in volunteering with the police department or would like additional information regarding volunteer opportunities, please visit us online
or call Sgt. Roy Hoskins at 236-1473. To volunteer, you will be asked to fill out an application with a brief review of your background.