Volunteers provide an invaluable service to the Albuquerque Police Department and to the City of Albuquerque.
Welcome to the Albuquerque Police Department Volunteer Services Program.
Our mission is to utilize citizen volunteers to assist the Albuquerque Police Department in improving the quality of life in our community.
Even though volunteers are not commissioned police officers, the duties that they perform are crucial to the day-to-day operation of the Albuquerque Police Department. Sworn officers currently handle some of the administrative tasks that volunteers can perform. By assisting with these tasks, volunteers free up officers to handle calls for service, to serve proactively in the community and to handle investigative responsibilities.
- Must be 18 years of age or more.
- Must be a United States citizen.
- Must have a valid New Mexico Drivers License.
- Must have lived in the community for a minimum of one year.
- Must agree to donate 4 hours per week to the program and commit for six months, OR be willing to serve as a back-up as needed.
- Must have own transportation.
- Must be willing to submit to a background check and to supply references.
- Must sign a confidentiality statement.
- No felony convictions. Criminal activity in which applicant has been convicted of, pled guilty to, or entered a plea of nolo contendre to any felony charge, been involved in any prosecution diversion program (PPP) as adjudicated for a felony crime committed will be permanently disqualified. Felony arrests will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
- No misdemeanor convictions within the last 3 years from the date of initial applying to become a volunteer. Candidates who within 3 years preceding their application date, have been convicted of, pled guilty to, or entered a plea of nolo contendre to any violation of federal law, state law, or local ordinance that would be classified as a misdemeanor crime, will be disqualified until the appropriate time passes (does not include minor traffic violations). Misdemeanor arrests will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
- No DWI convictions within the last five years from the date of initial applying to become a volunteer, whether from an administrative sanction by a Motor Vehicle Department, criminal conviction, or military disciplinary action. Multiple DWIs in the most recent 10 year period disqualifies an individual as an applicant. (Multiple is defined as 2 or more DWIs). DWI arrests will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
- An applicant cannot have been convicted of a Domestic Violence Act. Domestic related arrests will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
- No use in the last 3 years of any illegal drug that would amount to a misdemeanor crime if found in possession (includes marijuana).
- No use in the last 5 years of any illegal drug that would amount to a felony crime if found in possession.
- Must not be in collections for an amount over $500.
Areas Currently Utilizing Volunteers
- Main Police Station and several substations
- The Albuquerque Police Academy
- Chaplain Unit
- Court Services
- Crime Analysis
- Crime Stoppers
- Crime Lab - Biology Section
- Crime Lab - Photo Section
- Pawn Unit
- Gang Unit
- Special Investigations Division
- Citizens Police Academy
- ID Unit
Areas Requesting Volunteers
- Crime Lab
- Auto Theft
- Chaplain Unit
Would you like to join the team? If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer:
Download, open, and print the following documents:
Volunteer Police Chaplain
Complete the documents and return to APD Volunteer Services at 5408 2nd Street NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico or fax the documents to (505) 768-2134.
For more information about the APD Volunteer Services Program please contact Tom Ladoux at (505) 761-8823.