The City of Berea’s Volunteer Public Safety Ambassador Program is a pilot program for 2022. As such, we are limiting the number of volunteers to 15. However, as the program develops, we will need more volunteers, so please complete the application even if you are not in the initial volunteer group.
What do Public Safety Ambassador volunteers do?
Public Safety Ambassador volunteers serve as additional “eyes and ears” in our parks and at public events by providing a visible and non-enforcement safety presence. Volunteers monitor our parks and serve as ambassadors to other park users. Public Safety Ambassadors can do this while walking, jogging, or by wheelchair or riding a bicycle, where bikes are permitted. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Individuals, regular exercisers, families, students and seniors are all welcome to join. Volunteers are asked to log a minimum of 4 hours per month from April through October. Periodic meetings are also held to keep Public Safety Ambassadors knowledgeable about what’s going on in the City of Berea.
Public Safety Ambassadors are NOT enforcement officers. In fact, they will be instructed to refrain from interacting with those violating the law. Unfortunately, police officers cannot be everywhere, so the PSAs are simply eyes and ears and will be instructed to notify the police if they observe problems.
PSAs may also help with our special events, by volunteering to work at the gates or watching the crowd for medical emergencies or other similar problems.
How can I get involved?
It’s easy! Click here to complete application. Public Safety Ambassadors must be at least 18 years of age, commit to at least six months as an Ambassador, successfully pass a background check and complete training. Initial training takes approximately two hours and will be scheduled with staff from the Department of Public Safety.