Volunteers Make it Happen!
Volunteering to help better your community is a gratifying experience. One phase of our mission is "To bring together graduates of the Aurora Citizens' Police Academy as a source of active volunteer support to the Aurora Police Department." We have served the department and will continue to serve in a variety of activities including:
- SWAT and Recruit Training Exercises - Role Playing Volunteers role-play assigned scenarios designed to give the officers almost real-life situations to respond to. In addition to serving as actors, our volunteers sometimes "loan" their homes and businesses to the SWAT team for more realistic situations.
- KidSpree - Fingerprinting Children - ACPAAA has a fingerprint booth at the annual KidSpree event in July. Children are fingerprinted and parents are given information on how to develop a profile on their child, and stranger danger tips. We have fingerprinted as many as 2000 children in the two-day event.
- Safety Village - Participant Registration - This is an educational event for children three to eight years old, designed to teach them bus safety and street crossing skills. Our volunteers check in the students and provide certificates after they complete the village. (This project hasn't happened for a few years due to budget cuts.)
- Fingerprinting Children at Aurora Businesses
- Discipline Review Board - Volunteers who have indicated an interest in participating are randomly selected to serve on the DRB. To serve, citizens must have completed the CPA classes.
- CPA Class and Graduation Hosting - Two volunteers attend each of the nightly classes to help set up the classroom, set out food for breaks and clean up afterwards. They are available to CPA staff and instructors to pass out hand-outs and do whatever else is needed. A volunteer summarizes the responses to the evaluations handed in at the end of each evening and e-mails to CPA staff.
- Colorado Colfax Marathon - Approximately 100-125 volunteers are supplied each year for traffic control for this marathon.
- Presidential Motorcade Assistance - Volunteers help with traffic control for motorcades.
- Home Security Surveys - As needed, volunteers who have been trained, help Special Operations with home security surveys. Typically two volunteers conduct the surveys, unless the decision is made to have a PAR Officer accompany them.
- Blanket Project - The blanket project team sews one-time-use fleece blankets that are supplied to each patrol car and sergeant's car to be used to protect people when they are in accidents or need to be removed from the home. Blankets are also supplied to the Victim Services Unit when requested.
- Seat Belt Usage Surveys - Volunteers stand at assigned locations and record whether drivers or passengers in passing cars are wearing seat belts.
- Training Equipment Upgrades - Volunteers build and/or repair equipment on an as-needed basis.
- Cops Fighting Cancer - Support at FundraisersVolunteers support the Long Blue Line delivery of gifts to Children's Hospital by helping with traffic control. ACPAAA sponsored the organization in 2011 with a $1000 donation.
- Law Officer Memorial - A volunteer makes a flower arrangement for placement during the annual ceremony at District 2.
- Meth Lab Kids / Victim Services Support - Money was donated to Victim Services for preparation of backpacks to be given to children removed from homes where meth was being manufactured. Backpacks contained a change of clothing, a toy and other items. There is no longer a need for this service, so we have not provided in recent years.
- Community of Faith Conference - Chief Oates has sponsored two Community of Faith conferences. At the first, we conducted three classes on the CPA experience, and provided volunteers to move attendees between the various sites of the conference. At the second conference, our volunteers role-played scenarios so attendees could see police responses.
- DUI Checkpoint Assistance - Volunteers assist officers at approximately six DUI checkpoints each summer. Volunteers track the number of cars passing through the checkpoint, the time it takes to go from beginning to end, weather conditions, and other data. Volunteers also assist with recording road-side sobriety tests. Volunteers are typically on the street from 9:00 pm to 3:00 am.
- CMART (Citizens Missing/Abducted Response Team) - Trained volunteers are on-call 24/7 for this activity, which requires training and ongoing refresher courses. There are two segments to CMART: tipline and field search. The tipline response team will be activated when information on missing children is published in the media with a number to call for those who have information on the missing child. Volunteers will man phones in the Chief's Conference Room, take reports, and turn information over to Officers for follow-up. The field search response team will respond to a specific location and help with the active search for the missing child.
- Review of Web Sites/Beta Testing for Professional Standards Section
- Harley Davidson Toy Ride to Children's Hospital - Volunteers provide traffic control for the annual toy run from the Sports Park to Children's Hospital.
For photos of some of these activties, please visit our Photo Gallery.
We recruit for volunteers through sign-up lists, email announcements, phone calls and our
Committee/Volunteer/Project Interest Survey.
How do you get to participate in the role-playing activities?
The Aurora Police Department has regular training exercises and they rely on
Alumni Association members to make these exercises as real as possible for
more effective training. Typically, these exercises include training for
the new recruits, the SWAT Team, and the negotiations team. Other exercises
occur periodically, depending on the Department's training programs and
The opportunity to participate in these training exercises is a membership
benefit for active members of the Alumni Association with a current
Volunteer Agreement Form on record. To provide all members a chance to take
part, and for an efficient calling process, we use a rotation process to
determine the participants for each exercise.
Usually, the Department outlines their requirements for each exercise. We
then use the rotation list to call or email eligible members to advise them
of the schedule and scope of the training. Members can choose to
participate or not. The process will continue through the list until we
meet the Department's request. For subsequent exercises, the process is
repeated with priority given to members who have not yet participated in an
exercise. Members can indicate their preference not to be notified for
these exercises; their name will be removed from the rotation.
Volunteer assignments and commitments
We appreciate all efforts provided by our volunteers. The people who
organize, coordinate and act as leaders of our events could not function
without the efforts of our volunteers. As a courtesy to those folks, please
keep these points in mind:
If you are unable to fulfill your commitment, please advise your
contact person as soon as possible.
Please do not show up unannounced and expect to participate.
Usually, the coordinator has organized the event based on a specific number
Please do not expect to extend your shift work assignment. The
volunteer assignments are based on specific schedules for each volunteer.
Volunteer Hours Summary
The APD wants to record and summarize all volunteer hours used in support of
their operations and activities. These data become part of their annual
To support that request, please record and report all of your alumni
association activity hours to your activity leader. He/she will then
forward this information to the Database Coordinator for summary and
delivery to the Department. If you are operating independently, without a
specific activity leader, please forward your hours directly to the
Database Coordinator including date and activity information.