Police Park and Bike Path Control

City of Springfield

225 Fifth Street

Springfield, Oregon 97477

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

An Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer



Downtown, Neighborhood, Park and Bike Path Volunteer Patrol


Supervisor: Volunteer Coordinator and Sergeant, as assigned
Location: Police Department – 230 Fourth St., Springfield, OR 97477
Schedule: Team operates seven days/week (summer hours are generally 6 am-9 pm; winter hours are generally 6 am-6 pm)
Commitment: Must provide a minimum of one 4-hour shift per week, and must commit to 12 months of service. Time off and vacations are allowed.
Objective: Address crime and safety issues by observing and reporting suspicious activity, and providing a highly visible and mobile community policing function. Serve as extra eyes, ears and helping hands, allowing officers to devote a greater amount of time to performing proactive law enforcement functions that require a sworn officer.


Description of Duties

  • In teams of two; patrol streets, bike paths, neighborhoods and parks. Observe and report unlawful or questionable activities. Vehicles, electric vehicles and bicycles are available for patrolling.
  • Conduct “vacation checks” for residents of Springfield.
  • Shuttle marked police decoy vehicles.
  • Assist sworn officers and Community Service Officers as requested.
  • When directed issue citations to violators of signed disabled parking spaces.
  • Document license plates of parked vehicles, where valuables are in plain view. As part of a crime prevention effort, letters and crime prevention brochures are mailed to the registered owners of these vehicles, alerting them of the potential for vehicle break-ins.


  • Ability to pass a background check.
  • Ability to send and receive email from home.
  • Must have a valid Oregon Driver’s License and a good driving record.
  • Must pass a driving test administered by a EVOC instructor to qualify to drive department vehicles.
  • Must be a graduate of the Springfield Police Department’s Citizens’ Police Academy (or be willing to commit to attending an upcoming academy.)
  • Must have a schedule that is flexible enough to allow for a consistent schedule as well as attendance at regular meetings and trainings.
  • Must have strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Positive and supportive attitude with people of all backgrounds and abilities.
  • Capacity to work independently with limited close supervision.
  • Must be supportive off Springfield Police Department, its mission, and comfortable working within a police environment.
  • Willingness to conform to quality control of work and accept feedback. Ability to take direction and follow instructions given by paid staff.
  • Commitment to comply with confidentiality requirements and police procedures.
  • Willingness to ask questions and seek clarification if unsure of task.

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to lift, carry and move items up to 35 pounds.
  • Ability to operate equipment such as a radio and cell phone.
  • Ability to hear radio transmissions and communicate clearly on the radio.


Training and ASsignment Preparation

  • Participation in a 30-40 hour training academy that includes driver training, use of department radio and other communication equipment, first aid, department policies and procedures, etc.
  • 40+ hours to field training by volunteers and department employees.
  • Training incorporated into monthly team meetings. Other individualized training as needed.


Dress Code

  • Uniform shirts, jacket, cap, pants and or shorts issued by the department.


 Open one of the links below and fill out the form:

General Volunteer Application

Interest Inquiry Application

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



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