Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) is a national program which provides support and resources for law enforcement agencies interested in developing or enhancing a volunteer program and for community members who wish to volunteer their time and skills with a community law enforcement agency. Local VIPS programs offer direct volunteer opportunities and conduct their own screening, recruitment and placement. The program's ultimate goal is to enhance the capacity of state and local law enforcement to utilize volunteers.
Although the national VIPS program was established in 2002, volunteers have been assisting law enforcement for decades. Many agencies already have volunteer-based activities and programs in place, such as explorer posts, chaplains, neighborhood watch and citizens advisory boards. Whether large or small, formal or informal, VIPS welcomes all law enforcement agencies to become part of the national VIPS network by registering their volunteer program. There is no cost or requirements to register. As VIPS is a locally-driven initiative, programs do not need to be called Volunteers in Police Service.
How can citizen volunteers help local law enforcement? Click here to find out.
How to Get Involved With VIPS
For a law enforcement agency to register as a VIPS program, volunteers must work directly within the agency through an in-house volunteer program or with an organization operating in concert with a law enforcement agency, such as a citizens’ police academy alumni association or a Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), to place volunteers. Registration can be completed online here.
If you are interested in volunteering, visit the directory to find a program near you.