Emergency Services Volunteer Program
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Emergency Services Volunteer Program

What is the job of an Emergency Services Volunteer? It is being there when you're needed, using your skills, experience and training to assist the Department in a variety of assignments and projects that are of importance to the agency and the community. In the face of growing demands for service, the assistance our citizen volunteers provide has become a vital component in the ability of the Foster City Police Department to continue to meet the needs of the community. It is also a personally rewarding and valuable experience for the participants.

As an Emergency Services Volunteer, you will be given many opportunities to work on a variety of projects. After orientation and training, you will be eligible to assist the Department in a various number of ways.

The Position

As an Emergency Services Volunteer, you can be assigned to work in any area of the Department where your training and skills will be beneficial to the organization. These assignments may include:

  • Front office duties
  • Evidence disposition
  • Assisting Patrol and detective personnel
  • Radio communications
  • Assist in background investigations
  • Neighborhood/Business Watch
  • Fingerprinting services
  • Various other projects and assignments.


Emergency Services Volunteers will be required to work at least 8 hours a month, attend a monthly training meeting, maintain a work schedule at the Volunteer Office, complete the Foster City Police Citizen's Academy, and provide your uniform.


  • High school diploma or G.E.D.
  • 18 years of age at time of application
  • No felony convictions
  • Must possess a valid C.D.L.
  • Successfully pass a background investigation

Selection Procedure

The selection process shall consist of an oral interview with the Volunteer Coordinator. The program will be explained in detail and the applicant will have the chance to decide whether to participate.

Completion of a Personal History Statement is required. The statement will request information concerning relatives and references, education, experience, employment, military service (if any), financial and motor vehicle operation. Those wishing to continue will participate in the background check pursuant to Section 10002 (a) (3) of the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training Regulations.

A confidential report will be prepared and delivered to the Administrative Division Captain and Chief of Police. The final authority in deciding to appoint a candidate to the position of Emergency Services Volunteer shall rest with the Chief of Police.


Newly appointed Emergency Services Volunteers will be required to attend Police Department sponsored training sessions as scheduled by the Volunteer Coordinator.

How to Apply

Obtain an application at the:
Foster City Police Department,
1030 E. Hillsdale Blvd.
Foster City, CA 94404

Or, by clicking here for Application forms.

Completed forms should be returned to:

Foster City Police Department
Attn: Volunteer Coordinator
1030 East Hillsdale Blvd.
Foster City, CA 94404

For more information call (650) 286-3300 or e-mail police@fostercity.org

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City Hall - 610 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA 94404
(650) 286-3200