VIPS and Disaster Response E-learning Course Now Available

Responding to a disaster can strain a law enforcement agency's limited resources. In 2011, America logged the highest number of major disaster declarations since the inception of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reporting in the 1950s. Recent disasters have shown that law enforcement volunteers can play a valuable role in supplementing disaster preparation, response, and recovery efforts.

IACP’s Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) Program is pleased to announce the launch of the VIPS and Disaster Response E-learning Course. The course explores how volunteers can help build law enforcement’s capacity to respond to natural disasters, public health crises, and other emergencies and how to plan for both affiliated and spontaneous volunteers. Course participants will hear stories and lessons learned from chiefs, volunteer managers, and volunteers that have experienced disasters first hand. This two-hour course can be taken in one sitting or at your own speed. Once all modules have been viewed, you will receive a certificate of completion.

To register for the course, please email the following information to

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Your registration will be confirmed within 72 hours. You will receive an email with your username, password, and link to the course.