With more than one billion users on Facebook and more than 100,000 tweets posted to Twitter each minute, it is clear that social media is not just a fad, it is the new form of communication. Read the latest issue of VIPS in Focus to explore how your law enforcement volunteer program can tap in to the power of social media.
The VIPS Program has a series of educational videos including Introducing Volunteer Activities to Law Enforcement, introducing the role of volunteers to law enforcement personnel and Introducing Law Enforcement Volunteerism to the Community, describing the breadth and scope of volunteer efforts in law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. Share these videos with officers and community members to introduce others to law enforcement volunteering.
The goal of the VIPS Program is to enhance the capacity of state and local law enforcement to utilize volunteers. On this website, volunteer managers can find a variety of volunteer management tools and citizens who wish to volunteer their time and skills with a law enforcement agency can find information about how to get started.
The VIPS Program is managed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police with financial support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance.
A new issue of the VIPS monthly newsletter is now available. In this issue, you will find information about new school safety resources, new data on senior volunteers, a community policing award opportunity, and more.
The latest issue of VIPS in Focus explores how your law enforcement volunteer program can tap in to the power of social media.
The COPS Office is seeking nominations of collaborative teams of law enforcement and community members whose innovative civic interactions have transformed public safety in their community.
April 21 through 27 is National Volunteer Week, a time to thank and recognize volunteers for their contributions. To highlight the range of volunteer duties and the depth of skills that volunteers offer, the VIPS Program contributed a guest post for the IACP Blog which introduced a few of our active law enforcement volunteers.