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Public Safety

Interested in keeping our community safe?

Eureka Police Department (EPD) has multiple programs to engage citizens with EPD. Ages 14 to adult can participate in keeping our community safe! EPD offers engaging volunteer opportunities to support local law enforcement with an emphasis on public safety. Duties range from volunteer foot patrol to graffiti removal to reporting abandoned vehicles. Volunteers work in many different neighborhoods in Eureka.

Volunteer Your Time

Click the Clock icon to go to the volunteer application.

  • Eureka Volunteer Patrol (EVP): conducts high visibility foot & vehicle patrols in Eureka’s commercial and residential neighborhoods, providing additional eyes and ears for sworn officers and immediately reporting any suspicious activity observed to the EPD Communications Center.

    • Applicants must possess a valid California Driver License, pass a background check, and be 18 years or older. Patrol volunteers will not carry weapons and will not make arrests. Volunteers typically work as non-enforcement personnel in two person units. Volunteers are responsible for collision and crime scene security, and vacation patrol check ups. 

"I volunteer to make things better here. Fundraising and committee meetings don't work as well for me as working directly with a trained team alongside professionals. That's my idea of volunteering, and don't wait until you retire!”

~Roger, Public Safety

  • Eureka Police Explorers: is for youth age 14-20 years old who are interested in a career in law enforcement and would like to get hands-on experience of police officer duties and responsibilities.The Explorer Program is a great way to give back to our community, make new friends and find out what you want to do with your future.​

GREAT Volunteer James Giacalone removes

  • Volunteer Graffiti Abatement & Removal Team(GR&AT): 18 years or older volunteers with the GR&AT Program work in small teams to remove graffiti on public property, including parks, streets, sidewalks, traffic signals, streetlights, water hydrants, signs, boxes and poles. Graffiti removal on private property in most cases, is the responsibility of the property owner.​​​​​​​

    • ​Applicants must possess a valid California Driver License, pass a background check, and be 18 years or older.

For more information, please call Suzie Owsley at  (707)-441-4371 or

Voice Your Opinion

Click the Voice icon to go to see upcoming city meetings.

  • Transportation Safety Commission meets the second Tuesday of each month at 3:30 pm in Council Chambers, 531 K St.

  • Attend City Council meetings the first and third Tuesday of each month.

  • Vehicle Abatement Team: If you see something, say something! Help combat the large number of vehicles dumped on the streets of Eureka inside city limits, including motor homes, travel trailers, boats, and wrecked cars. Report nuisance abatement issues by ​calling:  (707) 268-5232 (voice mail only) or email:​

  • GR&AT:  You can also report graffiti by calling the City of Eureka’s Code Enforcement Program Manager at (707) 441-4255 or 441-4290 during normal business hours.

Invest in Your Community

Click the Invest icon to go to find out ways to invest.

  • Donations to EPD public safety program support volunteer efforts ranging from equipment and uniforms to crime prevention. 

  • Got extra supplies lying around? Paint, chemical removal, water-blasting and sandblasting are the methods the GR&AT uses to remove graffiti. Contact the GR&AT team at (707) 441-4038 or to donate supplies.

Interested in learning more? Please click here to contact Empower Eureka!

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