Volunteer/Internship/Ride Along Programs
The DeKalb Police Department Internship Program is designed to give college students studying the field of law enforcement or criminal justice the opportunity to gain real world, job related work experience. The program covers all divisions and operations of the department to give the student the most comprehensive experience possible.
To be eligible the student must be attending an accredited college or university, majoring in law enforcement, criminal justice, or a related field. To apply or to fill out a job interest card, please visit the City of DeKalb's employment page here. For more information please contact Emily Henderson at 815-748-8415.
Citizens may ride along with a police officer to spend a shift in the passenger seat of an emergency vehicle, observing the workday of a police officer. There is a minimum age to participate in the Ride Along. Those with criminal records or problems on a previous ride-along may be banned from participation. Anyone who is interested in doing a ride along may contact Commander Lekkas at 815-748-8440.
Volunteer in Policing
Law enforcement volunteers are comprised of college students with aspirations of law enforcement careers and residents who are interested in assisting the police in their mission. They perform service for the department without promise, expectation, or receipt of compensation for services rendered.
Volunteers can be an important part of any organization and are proven to be a valuable asset to law enforcement agencies. Volunteers help to increase police responsiveness, service delivery, information input, and provide new program opportunities. Volunteers are intended to supplement and support, rather than replace, sworn officers and civilian personnel.
Anyone who is interested in volunteering with the department may contact Sergeant Weese at 815-748-8454.