2013 Volunteers in Police Service Program Analysis Highlights

In early 2013, IACP conducted an analysis of registered Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) programs in order to gain a greater understanding of the current state of law enforcement volunteering. The analysis gathered information from new and established programs on promising approaches, programmatic challenges, and resource needs. Responses were received from 226 law enforcement volunteer program managers.

Here are some of the highlights:

Experience with volunteers varies greatly.

  • The total number of volunteers per program ranged from one to 3,200.
  • The total number of volunteer hours ranged from four to 157,000.
  • 65 percent of agencies have engaged volunteers for more than 10 years.

Volunteers complete diverse tasks. The most common (participants could select more than one category) were:

  • Administrative (71 percent)
  • Community Outreach and Crime Prevention (65 percent)
  • Citizen Patrols (63 percent)
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response (48 percent)
  • Chaplain Services (45 percent)
  • Volunteer Program Administration (42 percent)

Volunteer management structure varies by agency. The volunteer managers/coordinators of responding agencies were: (Note: participants could select more than one category)

  • 49 percent sworn
  • 32 percent non-sworn
  • 27 percent volunteer
  • 54 percent full-time
  • 17 percent part-time

For more, read the full analysis report and accompanying infographic on the VIPS website.

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