Volunteer Police in the United States

Programs, Challenges, and Legal Aspects

  • Elizabeth C. Bartels

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Criminology book series (BRIEFSCRIMINOL)

Also part of the SpringerBriefs in Policing book sub series (BRIEFSPOLICI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Elizabeth C. Bartels
    Pages 1-6
  3. Elizabeth C. Bartels
    Pages 7-17
  4. Law
    Elizabeth C. Bartels
    Pages 19-25
  5. Elizabeth C. Bartels
    Pages 27-31
  6. Elizabeth C. Bartels
    Pages 33-40
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 41-44

About this book


​This work examines in-depth the phenomenon of volunteer policing in the United States. Due to a combination of municipal budget cuts, decreased manpower, and a renewed interest in community partnership, everyday citizens are increasingly joining the police rank and file. This trend provides low-cost solutions for a number of policing problems, but also brings its own special challenges and considerations. This work provides a historical overview of volunteer police in the United States and abroad; an practical overview of volunteer programs throughout the United States including training programs, requirements and qualifications; a close examination of two central types of laws governing volunteer police units: the "Stand Your Ground" law and the "Good Samaritan" law; and overview of the dangers that can face volunteer police units, and a comparative analysis with volunteer programs worldwide. It will be of interest to researchers in police studies, criminal justice administration, and for policymakers and practitioners working with police organization and training. 


"Good Samaritan" Law "Stand Your Ground" Laws Police Studies Police Training and Organization Volunteer Law Enforcement Volunteer Policing

Authors and affiliations

  • Elizabeth C. Bartels
    • 1
  1. 1.City University of New York, Queensborough Community CollegeBaysideUSA

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