Dayton Police Volunteers
Neighborhood Assistance Officers
The Neighborhood Assistance Officers (NAO) program was established in 1970 as a volunteer group of private citizens assisting Dayton Police officers. It has been a vital part of the Dayton Police Department and City of Dayton--dedicated to improving the quality of life in our community.
NAOs are representatives of the Dayton Police Department who make a valuable contribution based on their knowledge of the community. NAOs volunteer four hours per week and respond to emergency call-outs.
What NAOs Do
- Patrol and observe neighborhoods, parks, schools, businesses and City properties, calling in any violations or suspicious activity they observe.
- Relieve Dayton Police Officers of non-enforcement duties so officers can quickly respond to emergency and criminal calls.
- Assist with traffic control at accidents, fires, crime scenes, emergencies, natural disasters and special events.
- Check homes of vacationing residents.
- Increase the visibility of the Dayton Police Department to deter crime in neighborhoods.
- Report street lights out and street or traffic signs damaged or missing.
- Use vehicles and police radios to enhance patrol abilities and to provide communication with dispatch in the event police intervention is required.
NAOs Do Not
- Carry weapons
- Have any powers to arrest or detain
- Assist in dangerous situations
Why Volunteer With the Dayton Police Department?
- Training by Dayton Police instructors at no cost
- Uniforms are provided
- Gain valuable insight into police and community relations
- An opportunity to take an active role in your neighborhood
- Personal satisfaction of making a difference in your community
- At least 21 years of age
- Have no felony or misdemeanor convictions involving violence
- Have a valid Ohio driver’s license and auto insurance
- Commit to 16 hours per month
- Complete NAO Training at the Dayton Police Academy
- Note: Trainees are required to submit to a background check and provide references prior to starting classes.
- NAO trainees are trained in police procedures. NAO trainees also receive Red Cross first aid and CPR training and training in radio communications as well as in-depth instruction in traffic control.
- Upon successful completion of the curriculum, trainees graduate and receive their uniforms.
- After graduating from the training, new NAOs are paired with more experienced NAO volunteers to gain street experience and knowledge. Even after that, NAOs always perform duty in pairs.
- Are you ready to make a difference by volunteering with the Dayton Police Department?