Changes to the National VIPS Program
The Volunteers in Police Service Program began at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in 2002, with the support of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. For the past 12 years, we have seen the number of registered law enforcement volunteer programs grow to 2,320, representing more than 263,000 volunteers. The work volunteers perform has diversified as the field continued to expand. The VIPS Program has provided resources, an interactive website, and in-person and online trainings, helping to develop a strong cadre of volunteer managers who continually meet public safety needs through their dedicated volunteers.
Secure in the strength of our state, local, campus, tribal, and territorial law enforcement volunteer programs, the time has come for change at the national VIPS level. On March 31, 2014, we will close down the VIPS website, www.policevolunteers.org, and transition VIPS resources to the newly redesigned IACP website, www.theiacp.org. VIPS publications and videos will continue to be accessible. The searchable online database of VIPS programs will be replaced by an electronic VIPS Program Directory publication. More updates will be coming soon about the transition, our partnership with Citizen Corps, and the timeline of these changes.
IACP remains a strong supporter of law enforcement volunteerism. We are extremely proud of the work that has been accomplished at the national level over the past 12 years and even more so of the contributions of local law enforcement volunteers who work every day to support their officers and keep their communities safe.
If you have any questions about the changes to the national VIPS program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-647-6853.