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Volunteer Program

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Ready Active Volunteers Engaged in Newark

Our R.A.V.E.N. volunteers are:


Trained and committed volunteers ready to respond and serve the community without delay or hesitation and willing to assist the department by providing resources to the community.


Energetically and actively working toward the department's goals by responding to community needs and supporting additional operational services for the community.


Individuals who voluntarily reach out to the community by aiding, providing, assisting and participating in activities that enhance the quality of life to the residents in our community.


Enthusiastically committed to engaging and partnering with the community through outreach and Crime Prevention Programs.


Supporting a quality community whose beauty is matched by the convenience of its location and by the outstanding citizens who reside in Newark.

Volunteer Positions

R.A.V.E.N. volunteers may work in a variety of assignments within the Police Department dependent upon department need. Assignments may include:

  • Patrol
  • Traffic
  • Community Engagement
  • Graffiti Abatement
  • Administration

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum qualifications have been established for acceptance into the R.A.V.E.N. volunteer program, which includes:

  • Minimum age - 18 years old
  • Currently live in Newark
  • Graduate of the Newark Police Department's Citizen Police Academy (preferred)
  • High school graduate or equivalent
  • Be of good moral character, as determined by a thorough background investigation
  • Fingerprint clearance (FBI/DOJ)
  • Possess a valid California Driver's License (if driving is required for assignment)
  • Be in satisfactory medical condition - submit to and pass a medical exam
  • Complete an in-house training program (Approx 60 hours)
  • Ability to commit 10 hours per month to the program
  • Make a long-term commitment to the program (a minimum of one year after training)
  • Overall approval by the Chief of Police

Application and Application Process

Interested persons may fill out an online application, call to obtain an application from the Newark Police Department's Community Engagement Special Assistant at  (510) 578-4209, or download an application (PDF).  Return applications to the Newark Police Department (ground floor) or mail to:

Newark Police Department
Community Engagement Division, 3rd Floor
37101 Newark Blvd
Newark, CA 94560

Applications received will be screened to ensure applicants possess the minimum qualifications and those who appear most suited for the program will be invited to an oral interview.

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