The Outstanding Achievement in Law Enforcement Volunteer Programs recognizes volunteer programs that demonstrate innovative, effective practices for augmenting sworn or civilian staff and/or improving service delivery to their communities. This year's award is sponsored by the the Reserve Police Officers Association and the Masters Degree in Homeland Security Program at Pace University in New York.
Members of the IACP Police Administration Committee meet annually to judge the award applications and select winning agencies.
This year’s winners of the IACP Outstanding Achievement in Law Enforcement Volunteer Programs are the Colorado Springs, Colorado, Police Department and the North Richland Hills, Texas, Police Department. The following agencies were recognized for Honorable Mention:Alexandria, VA, Police Department; California Highway Patrol; Greater Manchester Police, UK; Newport Beach, CA, Police Department; Port St. Lucie, FL, Police Department; Surprise Police, AZ, Department; Elk Grove Police, CA, Department
These agencies will honored at a award reception sponsored by Pace University and the Reserve Police Officers Association during the upcoming IACP annual conference in Orlando, Florida.
Established in 2003, the goal of the award program is to recognize the value that volunteers provide to state and local law enforcement and to institutionalize the theories and practices of the national Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) Program. The Volunteers in Police service (VIPS) program has its roots in the USA Freedom Crops initiative which followed the September 11 attacks. Citizen Corps was created in 2002 to help coordinate volunteer activities to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to any emergency situation. It provides opportunities for people to participate in a range of measures to make their families, their homes, and their communities safer from the threat of crime, terrorism, and disasters of all kinds.
Citizen Corps partner programs build off the successful efforts in many communities around the country to prevent crime and respond to emergencies. VIPS is one of five Citizen Corps partner programs. The IACP manages the VIPS program in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice