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One of the most important aspects of the AACOPD volunteer program is the diversity of responsibilities that volunteers undertake on a daily basis. Volunteers create and maintain a delicate balance in the Department by providing essential services in both sworn and civilian-related duties. In this way, volunteers serve as a bridge between officers and civilians as they represent their communities in all aspects of Department-related functions.

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  • Reserve Officer Program

    The Reserve Officer is a uniformed assistant to the Anne Arundel County Police in areas such as Traffic Control, Administrative Duties, Dignitary Details and Community Relations Functions. The Reserve Officer is not compensated monetarily, is not authorized to carry weapons, and has no vested arrest authority from this program. Uniforms and Police transportation will be furnished for official duties. Training in Police procedures is conducted in both formal classroom and on-the-job training sessions.

    Interested residence of Anne Arundel County should apply to attend the Citizens Police Academy, which will start September 1st, 2016.  In addition to the Citizens Police Academy dates, there will be additional training scheduled on a few Saturdays to take care of longer periods of instruction not included in the Citizens Police Academy. Please ensure you fill out the Reserve Application and not the Citizens Police Academy Application.

    Citizens Police Academy

    The successful applicant must be age 21 or older, a citizen of the United States, have no record of serious misdemeanors or felony convictions, and be willing to perform a minimum of 16 hours of police work each month.  Please ensure you fill out the Reserve Application and not the Citizens Police Academy Application.  This is what places you into the appropriate track.

    Reserve Officer Application

  • Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS) Program
    The VIPS Program is designed to involve civilian volunteers in non-enforcement roles within the Anne Arundel County Police Department. Members of the VIPS Program share their time and talents performing such tasks as clerical assistance, computer programming, crime analysis, data processing, graphic arts, photography and other tasks as the need arises.

    VIPS personnel do not wear uniforms nor are they compensated monetarily. Applicants must be age 18 or older, have a Maryland Driver’s License with a good driving record, and be capable of performing a minimum of 16 hours of volunteer service per month.


    For more information on joining this group of civic-minded volunteers, contact:

    The Crime Prevention Unit at (410) 222-0042. Ask to speak to the Administrator of the Volunteers In Police Service Program.

    VIP Application

  • Chaplain Corps of Anne Arundel County Police Department
    The Police Chaplain Program provides a ministry presence to the department. The Chaplains provide pastoral care to members of the department and their families. At times they also serve members of the general public. Chaplains provide service on both a proactive and reactive basis:

    Proactive Responses
    • Riding along with both Officers and Detectives while they work
    • Visitations to police personnel at the stations, hospitals, etc
    • Providing training in related law enforcement topics
    Reactive Responses
    • Crisis Response - Emergency callouts on a 24 hour / 7 day a week basis
    • Crisis Intervention - Mediation or intervention for suicide attempts or threats
    • Death Notifications - Going with an officer to notify next of kin
    • Special Services - Funerals, memorial services, special department functions, officer graduations, etc

    The Anne Arundel County Police Chaplain Program is looking for clergy to serve as volunteer police chaplains.

    If you are:

    • A U.S. Citizen who resides in Anne Arundel County, Maryland
    • An ordained clergy of a recognized faith
    • And are able to get written endorsement from your church's authorizing body

    Then you can find a new avenue of service to a special segment of your community.