Community Service Officers (CSOs) are an often-overlooked, yet vital, part of the Grants Pass Police Department. There are currently 3 full-time and 2 part-time Community Service Officers working with the Police Department. These CSOs provide services to the City of Grants Pass 7 days a week from early morning until late evening.
Calls for Service
CSOs are responsible for many of the day-to-day calls for service. Those calls include, but are not limited to:
CSOs are essential assistants for many patrol officers, detectives, and administrative staff. CSOs can be called to secure crime scenes or search warrant sites, assist with traffic control or personnel accountability during large incidents, perform vehicle inventory checks, and fulfill any equipment needs within the department, as well as any other duties or special assignments. CSOs also assist with records, investigations, property / evidence, crime and fire prevention, and crime analysis.
CSOs are also largely responsible for the orchestration and operations of special events in need of crowd or traffic control, such as Boatnik, Back to the 50s, 4th of July, Duck Derby, and other holiday events.
The ideal CSO must possess a strong desire to act as a public servant. As with any customer service profession, a CSO's ability to communicate articulately and effectively produce positive results for both the department and the community. No formal training is required, as the daily interaction with public is often training enough. Applicants for a Community Service Officer position are required to be a high school graduate, possess a valid driver's license, have the ability to obtain a Law Enforcement Data System certification, and pass an extensive background investigation.
If you would like to know more about the Community Service Officer program, please call the Grants Pass Police Department at 541-450-6260.