Citizens Offering Police Support

COPS logo The Phoenix Police Department offers the COPS program so that citizen volunteers or college interns can support the department from within in a non-enforcement capacity.

COPS has volunteer assignments in over 40 different specialty details in four different categories:

  • Investigations
  • Traffic
  • Administration
  • Crime Lab

The average COPS volunteer donates 16 hours each month to support the department. Here are the steps in order to join the COPS program:

Download the COPS application here 

  • Follow the application instructions
  • Turn in the application either by mail or in person
  • The Employment Services background investigator calls you to schedule and interview
  • Polygraph exam
  • Reference check
  • Drug screen

The approval process can take an average of three months to complete.

If you have questions not provided on this website or in the application instructions, I'm happy to offer any assistance I can. 


Officer Larry Horton, COPS Coordinator