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American Volunteer Police: Mobilizing for Security

1st Edition

By Martin Alan Greenberg

CRC Press

396 pages | 44 B/W Illus.

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Today, it is estimated there are over 200,000 volunteers in police work throughout the United States. Although the need for such volunteers has never been greater, there is a lack of published materials regarding the nature of volunteer police work and how qualified citizens may augment police services. American Volunteer Police: Mobilizing for Security provides a selective overview of the history, organizations, operations, and legal aspects of volunteer police in various U.S. states and territories.

Designed to help police leaders adopt or modify their own volunteer programs, the book:

  • Highlights what average Americans have done and are currently doing to safeguard their communities
  • Presents contributions of police and safety volunteers at all levels of government—including the work of FEMA volunteers, the Civil Air Patrol, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • Examines youth involvement in contemporary police departments
  • Discusses a variety of legal matters concerning volunteer participation in policing
  • Includes the latest Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) standards concerning auxiliary and reserve police
  • Explores new roles for volunteer police, including the treatment of homeless persons, the prevention of human trafficking, violence prevention in schools, immigration and border protection, and the establishment of college-level reserve police officer training cadet programs

Framed by modern concerns for homeland security and community safety, the book places the topic in historical and international contexts. It will serve as a catalyst for the development of courses as well as growth in the number of qualified volunteer police, a necessary resource for homeland security.

A 103-page online instructional manual is available for instructors who have adopted this book. It includes model answers to each of the review questions found at the end of each chapter as well as additional student exercises and related updated references.

Table of Contents

Overview of Volunteer Policing


Mobilizing for Security

The Early History of Volunteer Police

Auxiliaries and Reserves: Volunteer Police Generalists

Volunteer State Police

The Federal Government and Volunteer Policing

Special Issues in Volunteer Policing

Non-Sworn Roles of Adults in Volunteer Policing

Youth Involvement in Police Work

Youth Involvement in Public Safety and Security at the Federal Level

Legal Issues and Volunteer Police

Volunteer Police and the Prevention of Human Trafficking

The Future of Volunteer Police



Appendix A: The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Reserve and Auxiliary Police Standards

Appendix B: Modern Era National Service Time Line

Appendix C: Preventing Terrorist Attacks

Appendix D: Selected Government Internship Opportunities with Federal Government Intelligence Agencies and Law Enforcement Agencies

Appendix E: Human Trafficking—A Brief Annotated Bibliography


About the Author

Martin Alan Greenberg has headed criminal justice programs at several universities, having earned his Ph.D. degree from the City University of New York and Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from New York Law School. He has worked as a senior court officer, probation officer, school security assistant, and law clerk. Dr. Greenberg was also a member the New York City Auxiliary Police Force for 12 years, obtaining the rank of auxiliary deputy inspector. His earlier books dealing with volunteer police include: Auxiliary Police: The Citizens Approach to Public Safety (1984) and Citizens Defending America: From Colonial Times to the Age of Terrorism (2005).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Security / General
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW / Forensic Science