Crime Prevention Unit - Operations Support Team

City of Springfield

225 Fifth Street

Springfield, Oregon 97477

Ph: (541)726-3705        Fax: (541)726-4614

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Crime Prevention Unit


Supervisor: Crime Prevention Unit employee.

Police Department – 230 Fourth St., Springfield, OR 97477.

Schedule: Days, evenings, weekends. Shifts are usually four hours in duration and will vary depending on the event/operation/activity.
Commitment: Must participate in a minimum of one event per month for six months of service.
Objective: Assist with crime prevention efforts including outreach events and focused crime prevention operations.


Description of Duties

  • Participate in community-focused, department-sponsored special events and activities including National Night Out, Springfield Police Department Open House, Springfield Christmas Parade, and crime prevention operations.
  • Help staff department outreach tables, distribute crime prevention literature, and answer questions.
  • Canvass neighborhoods door to door.
  • Place flyers on vehicles in parking lots.
  • Serve as handler (extra eyes and ears) for McGruff the Crime Dog.
  • Clerical



  • Ability to pass a background check.
  • Ability to send and receive e-mail from home.
  • Ability to function well as part of a team.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • High motivation and enthusiasm for supporting the efforts of the Crime Prevention Unit.
  • Commitment to comply with confidentiality requirements and police policies.
  • Positive and supportive attitude with people of all backgrounds and abilities.
  • Supportive of philosophy of the Springfield Police Department and comfortable working within a police environment which sometimes involves people-related emergencies and crisis conflict management.
  • Willingness to conform to quality control of work, take direction and accept feedback by paid staff.
  • Ability to take direction and follow instructions by paid staff.
  • Willingness to ask questions and seek clarification if unsure of task.


Physical Requirements

  • Ability to lift, carry and move items up to 25 pounds.
  • Ability to sit or stand for periods of time.

Training and Assignment Preparation

  • Participation in the Citizens’ Police Academy is recommended but not required.
  • Onsite training.
  • Orientation with the Volunteer Coordinator or designee.


Dress Code

  • Business casual or supplied uniform.


Download Individual Application

                Group Application


For additional information, contact KarLynn Akins, Volunteer Coordinator City of Springfield
(541) 726-4652 or


City of Springfield, Oregon