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Police and Fire Explorers/CVP (Volunteers)

at City of Sunrise Florida

Posted: 7/20/2020
Job Status: Internship,Volunteer
Job Reference #: 2357740
Keywords: emergency

Job Description

Overall Job Objective



The Citizen Volunteer Corps program is designed to inspire community engagement by encouraging residents to get involved in the nuts and bolts of local government through volunteering their time and talents in various city departments. This program seeks to create an innovative partnership between the City and the citizens we serve, by providing volunteers the opportunity to directly impact programs and services that our residents count on every day.

Who joins the corps? A diverse range of dedicated people who may be: They've discovered that volunteering is a great way to:
  • between jobs & want to keep their skills sharp
  • retired with years of knowledge & experience to share
  • graduate program candidates in need of an internship opportunity
  • high school students looking to serve civic volunteer hours
  • new graduates seeking work experience
  • civically engaged people who take the time to get involved in this community!
  • earn recognition
  • inspire community engagement
  • help expand & improve City services
  • meet new people & make new friends
  • develop marketable job skills
  • gain experience with a great organization
  • explore careers / build a resume
  • make a difference in our community

Examples of Duties

Police Explorers
Parents, teachers and law enforcement professionals are constantly seeking ways to expose teenagers to positive values and role models. The Law Enforcement Explorers Program at the Sunrise Police Department is a successful example of how adult intervention can instill responsibility, leadership, teamwork and self-reliance.

The program works with teens and young adults (14 to 21 years of age) by allowing them to interact with law enforcement and other community advisors in a serious, regimented atmosphere where the students can demonstrate their personal initiative. The program offers young adults the opportunity to learn and experience lawful citizenship as they participate side-by-side with certified Sunrise Police Officers in ongoing training and community service projects.

Participants begin their involvement with a 56-hour basic Law Enforcement Explorers Academy training program, followed by a 6-month probationary period. Weekly meetings include a uniform inspection and training seminars.

Explorers who complete their training participate in a variety of community policing projects including child fingerprinting, school safety seminars and crime prevention programs. Explorers can also assist in various law enforcement details including traffic control and searches. Explorers 16 years of age and older may be scheduled to ride with Sunrise Police Officers during normal 11.5-hour patrol shifts.

To qualify for membership, candidates must be at least 14 years of age (and under 21), must achieve and maintain satisfactory school grades and must make a conscientious effort to stay out of trouble. Candidates under 18 years of age must have the approval and cooperation of a parent or guardian.

Fire Explorers
Sunrise Fire-Rescue has sponsored the Fire Explorer program since becoming a full-time paid department 40 years ago. The Fire Explorer program is a career development opportunity for young men and women, ages 14 to 18, who are interested in pursuing a career in the fire service. At weekly meetings throughout the school year, Explorers are introduced to the basics of the fire-rescue service, including basic life support skills such as CPR and first aid, firefighting techniques, hazardous material recognition and an introduction to advanced life support.

Citizen Volunteer Patrol (CVP)

The Citizen Volunteer Corps program is designed to inspire community engagement by encouraging residents to get involved in local government through volunteering and represent an innovative partnership between the City and the citizens we serve. The CVP supports the Sunrise Police Department by providing administrative assistance, greeting visitors, assisting at special events and resident neighborhood patrol.



  • Volunteers do not need to live within the City of Sunrise, but must be at least 15 years old.
  • Potential volunteers will need to submit the online application and may be subject to background checks depending on where they will be placed.
  • Once selected, participants can enroll for free in the national President's Volunteer Service Awards program.
  • Citizen Volunteer Corps members are eligible to earn special recognition and awards from the City for their creditable volunteer service hours.

Supplemental Information


The City of Sunrise offers internships in the areas of administration, finance, leisure services, urban planning, emergency management, engineering and special projects throughout the City. This is varied semi-professional work which may include, but not limited to, research, technical/financial analysis, special projects, preparation of written communications, critical review of documents and agreements, citizen engagement, interdepartmental coordination, project management, involvement in a wide range of municipal management and community development issues, and assisting in administrative/office management.

  • HOURS: Up to 26 hours per week / (3 to 6 months to be determined)
  • Internships may be Paid or For Credit
  • Ability to perform research and prepare pertinent reports.
  • Experience in use of computers (Word and Excel) and good communication skills
  • Internships in various departments may have specialized requirements depending on area of assignment.