By: Jennifer Styles, Project Specialist, Volunteers in Police Service
As we wrap up our celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) Program, we wanted to share a few highlights from this milestone year:
- 133 new programs registered with the VIPS Program Directory.
- 230 people registered for the new VIPS and Disaster Response E-learning Course that was launched this August.
- 232 people registered for theBuilding Blocks of a Law Enforcement Volunteer ProgramE-learning Course, for a total of 775 since its launch in September 2010.
- 130 officers and volunteers from 15 agencies received training on the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) and other missing person resources. Additional trainings are planned for January in California.
- Nine new VIPS Podcasts were released featuring anniversary highlights, citizen police academies, skilled volunteers, and other topics.
- We launched the VIPS State Advocate Network, with 18 volunteer program managers selected to increase communication between local VIPS programs and expand the network of support for new and growing VIPS programs.
- Many of our partner agencies have helped us share the news about our milestone year through their newsletters and blogs. Thank you to U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, IACP’s Discover Policing, USAonWatch, National Sheriff’s Association, and the National Crime Prevention Council.
We thank all of our volunteer program managers, volunteers, and other partners for their support of the VIPS Program. We look forward to continuing to grow and develop new ways to provide support and resources for agencies interested in developing or enhancing a volunteer program and for citizens who wish to volunteer their time and skills with a community law enforcement agency.
For more information about VIPS, visit www.policevolunteers.org.