Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS) can be an important part of any organization. It has proven to be a valuable asset to many law enforcement agencies. VIPS will be assigned to specific tasks and duties for the department to help improve services to the community. VIPS will help to increase police responsiveness, service delivery, and information input. In addition, VIPS can bring new skills and expertise to the job and prompt new enthusiasm. VIPS are intended to supplement and support, rather than supplant, sworn officers and civilian personnel. VIPS will help in the Investigations Services Bureau initially but we hope to expand the program to other areas such as Field Services Bureau and others.
Qualifications for VIPS are as follows:
- Be at least 21 years of age;
- Possess a valid Texas Driver’s License or Identification card;
- Have no record of arrest or conviction for criminal offenses Class B misdemeanor or higher, or some Class C misdemeanor involving moral turpitude;
- Have no habitual record of Class C misdemeanor traffic violations:
- Past illegal use of drugs will be in accordance with current full-time employee standards;
- Be in good physical condition, relevant to the position for which they will be volunteering;
- Have the ability and desire to volunteer at least two (2) hours but not more than four (4) hours a day three days a week.
- Recommend that you successfully complete the Lubbock Law Enforcement Citizens Police Academy
- Successfully complete the basic VIPS Training course as determined by the VIPS Coordinator.
WHAT IS A CITIZEN VOLUNTEER IN POLICE SERVICE?
A citizen volunteer in police service is a member of the community who provides support services to a law enforcement agency without monetary benefit. Services typically include community outreach, telephone work, research and other administrative tasks.
WHY VOLUNTEER IN LAW ENFORCEMENT?
Law enforcement agencies often strive to meet public safety challenges with limited resources. Citizens can step in and help fill critical gaps in order to free officers to focus on other priorities.
WHO CAN VOLUNTEER?
Citizens at least 21 years of age from any background can volunteer to help. We highly recommend you complete the Citizens Police Academy. You must also be willing to submit to a background check.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING?
Citizens who volunteer to help law enforcement gain in many ways.
Help make their communities, their cities, and their country safer from crime.
Gain insights into the law enforcement system and how it works.
Have an opportunity to improve the quality of their local law enforcement service.
WHAT DO VOLUNTEERS DO?
There are many ways a volunteer can assist a law enforcement agency, including:
Contacting citizens about case dispositions.
Assisting with special events.
Assisting with taking reports of minor and “no suspect” crimes.
Participating in a citizen’s advisory board.
Participating in Neighborhood Watch.
WHAT KIND OF TRAINING IS REQUIRED?
Most law enforcement volunteer programs have a short orientation and training sessions to introduce volunteers to law enforcement practices. Graduation from the Citizens Academy will familiarize volunteers with such aspects of policing as how to recognize suspicious behavior, familiarize with police equipment and tactics and the basics of criminal and traffic law.
HOW CAN YOU GET STARTED?
The specific volunteer opportunities offered will vary based on the needs of the department. You can find out what opportunities are offered by visiting www.lubbockpolice.com.
Investigation Services Bureau
Volunteer Coordinator: Sgt. Marc Wall - 806-775-2400 - firstname.lastname@example.org