The Cooperative Education Program (CO-OP) is a joint venture between local colleges, and universities and the SPD as a support function to the Patrol Division. It is designed to provide non-law enforcement services and tasks that do not require law enforcement power or police legal authority. CO-OPs assist patrol at accident scenes, take cold crime reports, and pick up found property and evidence for the Patrol Division. CO-OPs attend a 40-hour academy and are required to contribute a minimum of 20 volunteer hours monthly (includes two monthly evening meetings). CO-OPs must be at least 18 years of age and currently enrolled in college (any field) as a full or part-time student maintaining a 2.5 cumulative GPA. Applicants must possess a valid drivers license.
On-line CO-OP Application packet in PDF format.
Please review our online Spokane Police Department Drug Usage Standards Please read, consider and evaluate these and how they may specifically apply to you. You may also contact the Colunteer Services Unit at 509-363-8281.
Explorers are a part of the Boy Scouts of America under their Learning for Life Program. The Post allows young men and women the opportunity to explorer and learn about a career in the criminal justice field while serving as volunteer aides within SPD. Explorers are 16 – 21 years old (and have completed 8th grade). They must maintain a 2.5 GPA in their school. Explorers are required to attend monthly training meetings and commit to volunteering 16 hours a month. Statewide Explorer academies are held biannually and the Explorer is required to attend one a year. Explorers are trained for State/Regional/National competitions; actors for SWAT/TAC teams; crowd control at civic events; leadership, marching, shooting, and learn of career opportunities at the federal, state and local level.
On-line Guest Explorer Packet in PDF format.