On September 13th, IACP’s Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) Program kicked off a new VIPS State Advocate Network with an orientation meeting. Law enforcement volunteer managers from 15 states came together with VIPS Program staff and partner program representatives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The purpose of the VIPS State Advocate Network is to capture the energy of VIPS at the state, local, tribal, territorial, and university levels by engaging experienced volunteer coordinators to share resources and information to make all of our programs better and stronger.
The group of state advocates we chose to get this project off the ground includes some of the most dedicated and innovative volunteer managers in the VIPS network. We came away from the orientation with a plan for the next steps to:
- Promote the mission and goals of law enforcement volunteerism to a wider audience.
- Increase communication between local law enforcement volunteer managers.
- Expand the network of support for new and growing VIPS programs.
- Identify and engage public safety stakeholders and encourage multijurisdictional partnerships.
- Inform the national VIPS office of challenges, trends, and promising practices in the field.
The project is funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.
For more information about the VIPS State Advocate Network, contact Jennifer Styles at firstname.lastname@example.org or 937-681-9622.