Show your volunteers the difference they make to your organization and community. Apply for the IACP/Wilmington University VIPS Award.

It takes great people to make up a police force—and great volunteers to support that police force. Whether it’s a dedicated neighborhood watch leader, a friendly auxiliary member to help answer phones, or neighborhood residents to create a pin map, volunteers make the business of law enforcement just a little easier.

That’s why IACP and Wilmington University, New Castle, DE, support an awards program for Outstanding Achievement in Law Enforcement Volunteer Programs, also known as the Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS) Award.

The VIPS Award will recognize those agencies that have shown leadership in creating and sustaining programs that successfully integrate volunteers into overall organizational operations and administration of law enforcement work.

The award recognizes agencies that most exemplify the goals, concepts and spirit of volunteerism in action. Up to three winners will be selected. The quality of the program, not the size of the organization, is the factor for selection of the winners; therefore, categories by size of agency are not considered for this award.

Your volunteers care. And being recognized for their accomplishments and time means a great deal.

“I was able to hear firsthand, what made our program exceptional and prestigious amongst our VIPS peers by attending the reception and award ceremony.” – Melanie Slate, Chandler, AZ, Police Department (Winning agency in 2013)

Click here for information and an application for the 2014 award program.

Applications must be postmarked no later than May 25, 2014.

For more information on how to apply, contact Carolyn Cockroft at

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