By 2003, the national VIPS Program had registered programs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. The VIPS Program Directory programs also includes information on 23 international law enforcement volunteer programs, representing Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Click here to learn more about the international law enforcement volunteer programs
Given the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, many communities will call upon their public safety leaders to ensure that their children are safe in school. There are numerous ways that volunteer programs can add value to school safety efforts and give families and community members the opportunity to take an active role in protecting the safety of their own child and the entire school community. To read more, click here.
The National Crime Prevention Council and Celebrate Safe Communities offer training programs, blogs, podcasts, downloadable education materials, and links to help plan and implement CSC events during Crime Prevention Month or throughout the year. To read more, click here.
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.
In today’s resource constrained environment, it becomes increasingly important for law enforcement agencies to measure the impact of their programs. Assessing the costs and benefits of your volunteer program can help you and other decision makers determine budget and resource distribution decisions. In this edition of the VIPS Podcast Series, we will look at volunteer program evaluation and assessment strategies that can help you strengthen your program using data-driven solutions and showcase the success of your program for your agency and community leaders.
A new issue of the VIPS monthly newsletter is now available. This month's issue feature a look back at Crime Prevention Month and information about new resources for Motorist Assist volunteers and program impact evaluations.
A new issue of VIPS in Focus has been released highlighting the winners of the 2013 IACP/Wilmington University Outstanding Achievement in Law Enforcement Volunteer Programs Award: the Aurora, Colorado, Police Department and Chandler, Arizona, Police Department.
October is Crime Prevention Month, a time to celebrate your community safety partnerships and take simple steps to protect your family and community from crime.
To date, more than 2,320 law enforcement volunteer programs, representing more than 263,000 volunteers have registered.