Be a part of the team of Petaluma Police Volunteers: Regular residents like you who volunteer their time to help the Petaluma Police Department to better serve our community.

Like many law enforcement agencies across the nation, Petaluma Police Department relies on volunteers to enhance services provided to the community.  Volunteers help support the infrastructure, so that our sworn officers can focus specifically on the safety and well-being of our citizens.

In 2015 alone, Petaluma police volunteers have donated more than 4,054 hours to the police department – the equivalent of two and a half full time employees.

Volunteers of all ages assist with event traffic control and DUI check points, transport paperwork to the Sonoma County District Attorney’s office, log evidence and provide senior and community safety education.

The volunteer force currently includes police chaplains and community reserve officers, who have been more thoroughly trained in department protocol, along with citizen volunteers.

The PPD recruits from its Citizen’s Academy course, which gives Petaluma residents a look at the inner-workings of the department, and from Santa Rosa Junior College, Sonoma State University and local high schools.

Volunteers will tell you the experience often becomes life-changing.