My Tustin

Volunteer Program

Volunteers are community members who are recruited from the Citizens' Police Academy and trained in various police-related duties.  Volunteers function as an auxiliary unit of the Tustin Police Department, but are not armed and have no powers of arrest beyond those of any citizen.  These dedicated volunteers enable the Department to focus its resources on priority tasks, thus enhancing the effectiveness and quality of service to the community.  They also make it possible to undertake projects that were previously considered unfeasible due to lack of personnel resources.  The volunteers are an integral part of the police family, and serve in direct support of regular staff in almost every division of the Department.




  • 21-years of age or older
  • Education equivalent to high school graduation
  • Attend the Tustin Police Department Citizens' Academy
  • Minimum of 12 hours per month of volunteer time
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Current vehicle insurance
  • Complete a background investigation


  • Property & Evidence (lab deliveries, supply pick up, filing, data entry, purging of evidence, general clerical duties)
  • Records (scanning of files, mail delivery, front counter assistance, transcription, data entry, general clerical duties)
  • Field Work (vacation patrol checks, graffiti reports, abandoned vehicles, sign removal, community events)
  • Traffic (tow disbursements, radar trailer, clerical assistance, traffic control)
  • Special Events (crowd control)
  • Fleet Operations
  • Community Relations


Volunteer Application Form

Applications and questions should be directed to Officer Dana Harper at

(714) 573-3272 or