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City of Cottonwood
Human Resources Department
816 N. Main St.
Cottonwood, AZ 86326


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Our Mission Statement

Inspiring a vibrant community


Our Vision Statement 

  • The City of Cottonwood strives to maintain a uniquely desirable and sustainable community.
  • We are unique because of our people, our grand natural resources, public amenities, leadership, diversity and home town atmosphere.
  • We will continue to conserve, preserve and manage our precious resources, including the Verde River and its unique riparian habitat.
  • We will enhance our position as the economic center for the Verde Valley, providing retail, medical, education, transportation, recreation and tourism.
  • The City of Cottonwood provides leadership and solutions to ensure a prosperous community where a diversity of people and nature thrive.


Our Core Values

  • Welcoming
  • Vibrant
  • Diverse
  • Reliable
  • Sustainable

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Citizen on Patrol Volunteer (Open Positions: 5)

Closes On: July 31, 2019 at 03:00 PM MST

Department: Police
Job Status: Part-Time
Days Worked: Sun., Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat.
Rate of Pay: Volunteer Position - No Compensation
Status: Accepting Applications
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Full Job Description

Citizen on Patrol Volunteer Program Description

The Cottonwood Police Department (CPD) proudly serves the City of Cottonwood, Arizona, with a resident population of approximately 12,000 though the service population hovers around 40,000 people due the City’s role as an employment hub and tourism destination. Cottonwood occupies an area of 16.75 square miles near the scenic Verde River. The Cottonwood Police Department embraces the value of fostering and maintaining positive relationships both externally and within our organization in providing superior quality service delivery. We understand our ability to be effective in reducing crime largely hinges on the relationship we have with the community.

Cottonwood Police Department is comprised of 32 sworn and 26 civilian employees. We operate the Cottonwood Public Safety Communications Center, a state-of-the-art regional communications facility serving Cottonwood Police Department, Cottonwood Fire and Medical Services and multiple Fire Districts in our region. Our Department enjoys an invaluable Citizen on Patrol (COPS) volunteer program. Our agency’s volunteers donate many hours of their personal time each year, enabling us to bolster our ability to serve our citizenry. The Cottonwood Police Department typically responds to nearly 16,000 calls for service, makes over 1,500 arrests and issues approximately 2,500 traffic citations each year.

MISSION STATEMENT: To enhance the safety and well-being of our community through partnerships, professionalism, compassion, and integrity with an unwavering commitment to reduce crime and protect quality of life.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Under supervision of a member within the department, performs a variety of civilian, field, and office law enforcement duties in direct support of safety and non-safety personnel to include but not limited to: performing clerical duties including recordkeeping; answering telephones; data processing and filing; fingerprint individuals; perform photography duties; provide information and directions to the public; assists with traffic control, assist in the locating or marking of abandoned vehicles, issue parking citations, testify in civil court; uses a computer to process information and prepare reports. The Volunteer (COPS) may participate in formal and non-formal training and programs as assigned; lifts and carries equipment and other items and performs strenuous activities. Deal with the public in a respectful and courteous manner; learn, understand and apply applicable police department rules, regulations, instructions, laws, ordinances, policies, practices and methods; may assist with various investigative units as needed.

This is a part-time exempt non-paid volunteer position.


• Must be at least 21 years of age and able to work legally in the United States.
• Be of good moral character.
• Have a desire to help and serve the public.
• Have excellent communication and people skills.
• Must be willing to volunteer a minimum of 16 hours each month.
• Ability to physically and mentally perform tasks required for this job description.
• Possess and maintain a valid Arizona driver’s license.
• Successfully pass a thorough background and records check.
• Agree to act as an unpaid volunteer for the City of Cottonwood Police Department

Physical Requirements:

• Stand and/or walk for long periods of time (parades, traffic control, crime scene security, etc.).
• Sit (in a vehicle) and/or drive for long periods of time.
• Must be able to hear radio and telephone conversations at an appropriate volume level, with or without the assistance of hearing aids.
• Must be able to visually observe objects near and far, with or without the assistance of glasses or contact lens.
• Must be physically and mentally capable of performing the specified duties and responsibilities of the position.

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With an elevation of 3,300 feet, Cottonwood is a small but growing community situated in the heart of the Verde Valley, which is located 90 miles north of Phoenix and 50 miles south of Flagstaff, at the base of Mingus Mountain. We have convenient shopping, hotels, restaurants, and a picturesque Historic Old Town, bustling with activity. Visit the local vineyards and tasting rooms, ancient Indian ruins, historic parks, landmarks, and ghost towns. Explore the hiking trails, golf at our scenic courses, or kayak down the beautiful Verde River. Enjoy the perfect balance of job satisfaction and phenomenal quality of life the area has to offer!