Outstanding Achievement in Law Enforcement Volunteer Programs

The IACP 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 winners of the IACP Outstanding Achievement in Law Enforcement Volunteer Programs are the Aurora, Colorado, Police Department and the Chandler, Arizona, Police Department. The following agencies were recognized for Honorable Mention: Avondale, AZ, Police Department; California Highway Patrol; Colorado Springs, CO, Police Department; Folsom, CA, Police Department; Lenexa, KS, Police Department; and Surprise, AZ, Police Department. These agencies were honored at a award reception sponsored by Wilmington University during the IACP annual conference in Philadelphia, PA.


Back row, left to right: Christian Trowbridge, dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Wilmington University; David Neuman, chief, Chandler, AZ, PD; Dan Oates, chief, Aurora, CO, PD; John Schneebeck, manager, Police Business Services, Aurora PD; and Lt. Dan Mark, Electronic Support Section, Aurora PD
Front row, left to right: Dr. Sheila M. Sharbaugh, assistant vice president, Academic Affairs, Wilmington University; Melanie Slate, coordinator, Community Outreach, Chandler  PD; Marcia Todd, president, Aurora Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (ACPAAA); Karen Rogers, volunteer coordinator, Aurora PD; Alice Robinson, volunteer coordinator, ACPAAA.

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


Click here for information and here for application for the 2014 award program.

Application deadline is May 25, 2014.

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