SA Police has a long and proud commitment to volunteering, historically through programs such as Neighbourhood Watch and Blue Light. In 2010 SA Police embraced the broader use of volunteers across a range of functions in support of our everyday business, and more recently brought other long standing activities under the banner of the Police Volunteers Program, such as the Police Historical Society and police chaplains.
Recruitment to some activities is limited by availability of places, and the need for specific individual or organisational skills. For specific programs and roles, eligibility criteria may also apply. All volunteer applicants undergo probity checking before being accepted as a police volunteer.
Opportunities to volunteer are currently only available with Neighbourhood Watch and Blue Light. If you are interested in either of these, please read the information below or go to their respective websites for further information - www.police.sa.gov.au/nhw and www.bluelightsa.com.au
For further general and up-to-date information please return to this page or contact a Local Volunteer Coordinator at your local police station. Find your local police station
Volunteers provide a meet and greet role at the front counter of metropolitan police stations, offering support to staff and customer service to the public.
Through its unique partnership with SA Police, Neighbourhood Watch provides members and the broader community a means to build a safe and connected community. Whether you want to be a leader for change in your community, build your skills to improve your CV or employment prospects, or simply catch up with the neighbours, Neighbourhood Watch provides you with many opportunities to get involved and make a difference. Volunteers are able to participate in local crime prevention activities such as crime prevention displays, neighbourhood improvement projects, plate safe days or participate in events such as the Australia Day Parade.
In partnership with SA Police, Blue Light provides young people with entertainment and activities in an environment free form alcohol, drugs, smoking an violence. Volunteers assist with supervision and other activities at Blue Light Discos, camps and approved Blue Light programs. There are Blue Light groups across the state.
Volunteers are involved in tasks including delivering a range of information sessions to the public, preservation and restoration of police property and memorabilia, and participation in events which support SA Police. Guided tours at the facility, which is located at Thebarton Barracks on Port Road, are also conducted.
Volunteers are recruited and trained in relation to role playing to support the training in areas including recruit training at the Academy, Detective Development course training, training for the Call Centre and Communications courses, Mounted Operations and Special Tasks and Rescue training. Opportunities also exist for volunteers to participate in joint emergency services operation training.
Volunteers provide assistance and support with the delivery of approved school programs at the Road Safety Centre. Volunteers work weekdays to assist with the delivery of the program.
Volunteers assist at community events or provide support with crime prevention initiatives.
Volunteer police chaplains support the spiritual welfare of employees and retired members of SA Police, their partners and immediate families. Chaplains provide coverage across the state and work in conjunction with SA Police’s Employee Assistance Program.