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Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS)

In his 2002 State of the Union Address, President George W. Bush announced the creation of the USA Freedom Corps, an effort to foster a culture of service, citizenship, and responsibility, building on the generous spirit of the American people. The Citizens Corps programs are part of the USA Freedom Corps initiative and share the common goal of helping communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to crime, natural disasters, and other emergencies.

One of the Citizens Corps programs is the Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) Program. The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is managing and implementing the VIPS Program in partnership with and on behalf of the White House Office, of the USA Freedom Corps and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice. The program's goal is to enhance the capacity of state and local law enforcement to utilize volunteers.

Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) provides a value-added level of support to state, county, and local law enforcement agencies. While all agencies are designed and staffed to provide appropriate policing and law enforcement services to the community, there is always more to do. Volunteers allow law enforcement agencies and officers to focus on policing and enforcement by taking on these additional duties, for example:

  • helping edit and/or write letters to community members;
  • participating in community meetings to learn about citizen concerns; and
  • participating in citizen patrol programs.

The support provided by VIPS volunteers can enhance the value and effectiveness of their local law enforcement agency.

To find out more about the VIPS Program, please call Assistant Chief Dennis Vincent at the Brigham City Police Department, (435) 734-6664, or any member of the VIPS Council.