New Issue of VIPS in Focus
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. Click here to read the article.
A Look Back at Crime Prevention Month
October was Crime Prevention Month and many agencies around the country took the opportunity to engage with community members to build relationships and provide education about staying safe. Crime Prevention Month is a part of the National Crime Prevention Council and Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice’s Celebrate Safe Communities program. This year’s crime prevention month themes included Protecting Your Personal Property; Staying Safe in a High Tech World; School Safety and Security; and Safety in the Golden Years. Agencies celebrated their safe communities with bike rodeos, anti-bullying presentations, Halloween safety events, Business Watch meetings, identity theft prevention paper shredding events, and more. Here are a few examples from some of our VIPS Registered programs:
· The Fayetteville, North Carolina, Police Department held a Fall Safety Day with displays from the Crime Prevention, Traffic, and K-9 Units; local fire departments; Fort Bragg; and EMS/Life Flight to bring families together and celebrate safety.
· The Bradenton, Florida, Police Department’s Neighborhood Watch program aimed their Crime Prevention Month activities at youth safety, holding a Safe Kids fair for five to 11 year-olds with pool, boating, beach, weather, fire, and bike safety lessons and free helmets.
· The Nampa, Idaho, Police Department organize a senior safety fair that featured crime prevention and safety information on issues ranging from identity theft to scams.
With the holidays approaching, now is a great time for you and your volunteers to plan your next crime prevention event. Celebrate Safe Communities has no-cost resources to help you plan events year-round – www.celebratesafecommunities.org.
New Resource for Motorist Assist Workers
While the goal of a standard motorist assist call is to get the driver back on the road quickly, if a volunteer is assisting a person with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia he or she may need to work with law enforcement to help keep that driver off the road and get the person home safely. IACP’s Alzheimer’s Initiatives released a new tool that can help motorist assist volunteers identify warning signs that a person’s driving may be impaired due to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and offers tips on to respond appropriately. Click here to view the resource.
Program Impact Toolkit for Law Enforcement
With diminishing resources an ever-increasing concern, a focus has been placed on “what works” in criminal justice services and programming. IACP’s Youth-Focused Policing Resource Center, in collaboration with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, released a Program Impact Toolkit for law enforcement, which is designed to assist agencies in measuring the impact of their programs and services for youth. The Toolkit contains resources your agency can use to identify youth-specific problems in your jurisdiction, articulate program goals and activities, and measure program outcomes. The toolkit includes an Impact Evaluation Process Overview, 8 Step Guide for Impact Evaluations, Sample Youth Program Diagrams, and a Customizable Evaluation Template. Click here to access the resources.
VIPS in the News: Police Volunteer Raises Defibrillator Awareness
We at the VIPS Program are proud to share the stories of local VIPS volunteers out in the field by publishing news stories on the VIPS website, like this one from the Prescott Police Department in Prescott, Arizona.
Citizens on Patrol Volunteer Seymour Petrovsky has volunteered for the Prescott Police Department for seven years. In the course of his duties, Mr. Petrovsy discovered that the Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) placed around the community to assist heart attack victims were often going unused due to lack of awareness, and he set out to raise the profile of the defibrillators that already exist in the community. With Julie Wilson, the public safety coordinator at the police and fire dispatch center, Mr. Petrovsky worked with the city to add a question about AED availability to the fire department’s business inspection form. The information will be added to the city's database and passed on to first responders, as well as to people who make emergency calls to dispatch. Ms. Wilson lauds Mr. Petrovsky's efforts, "That's what it takes - somebody to look outside the box." Mr. Petrovsky said he is "very, very hopeful" that the effort will help to save lives. Click here to read the full article.
Newly Registered VIPS Programs
The following 15 new programs registered in October: