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Volunteer Programs

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Volunteers for the Westerville Division of Police play a significant role in our commitment to maintaining a safe community. Volunteers contribute tens of thousands of hours a year to assist the police division at events sponsored by the Westerville Division of Police and the City of Westerville. You will find volunteers at Serving Our Seniors, Youth Police Academy, The Citizen Police Academy, Neighborhood Watch, National Night Out, car seat installations and inspections, Cops and Kids Day and many other events/programs.

There are several different volunteer groups within the division. You can find more information about each volunteer group below. 

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Chaplain Corps – Clergy members of various faiths around the city assist in times of personal crisis.

Explorers- Open to young men and women ages 14-20 with an interest in learning more about careers in the field of law enforcement. The program provides leadership and volunteer opportunities.

Internship- Those pursuing degrees in higher education can gain real-world experience as a Division Intern. Interns will be exposed to Patrol Operations, Traffic Operations, Criminal Investigations, Community Services and the Division Training Unit.

Neighborhood Watch- A partnership between Westerville residents and the Police Department to reduce crime in our neighborhoods.

PathWatch- Similar to Neighborhood Watch, PathWatch is a partnership between Westerville Police and Parks and Recreation Department and those who are dedicated to keeping our bike trails and pathways safe.

Reserve Police Officers- Sworn law enforcement officers that perform police-related duties on a voluntary basis.

Westerville Citizen Police Academy (W.C.P.A.A.A.)- Volunteers who have graduated from the Westerville Citizen Police Academy and desire to give back to the community by helping the Division of Police in a variety of ways.

Westerville Serving Our Seniors- A partnership between the Divisions of Police, Fire, Parks and Rec and seniors in the community. This volunteer group is a direct line of communication between seniors and the City of Westerville. Volunteer page 2

For additional information on any of our volunteer groups or to find out how you can volunteer with the Westerville Division of Police, please call (614) 901-6860 or email