Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) Program: Five Year Anniversary and New Resources
The national Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) Program celebrated its fifth anniversary on May 30, 2007. In conjunction with the anniversary, the VIPS Program has redesigned and added new interactive features to its Web site http://www.policevolunteers.org. The VIPS Program has also released Five Years of the National VIPS Program
, a video that celebrates the success and growth of the national VIPS Program and its impact on law enforcement. The video is available on the Web site.
The VIPS Program serves as a gateway to information for agencies interested in developing or enhancing a volunteer program and for community members who wish to volunteer their time and skills with a law enforcement agency. The program offers a wide range of no-cost resources, including publications, educational videos, training, and technical assistance. Since 2002, the VIPS Program has expanded to more than 1560 local VIPS programs and 101,000 volunteers from all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Guam. There are also programs in the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, and the Netherlands. The VIPS Program is managed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice and the White House Office of the USA Freedom Corps.