Start a Program
The VIPS Program offers a wealth of information and no-cost resources to enhance the capacity of law enforcement to utilize volunteers throughout this Web site. We encourage you to request and/or download publications and network with other agencies through our directory of law enforcement volunteer programs.
Although the national VIPS Program was established in 2002, volunteers have been assisting law enforcement for decades. Many agencies already have volunteer-based activities and programs in place, such as explorer posts, chaplains, neighborhood watch, and citizens advisory boards. Whether large or small, formal or informal, the VIPS Program welcomes all law enforcement agencies to become part of the national VIPS network by registering their volunteer program. There is no cost or requirements to register. As the VIPS Program is a locally-driven initiative, programs do not need to be called Volunteers in Police Service.
The benefits of registering your agency with VIPS include:
- A page on the VIPS Web site dedicated to your program.
- Networking opportunities with other registered VIPS programs.
- An opportunity to participate in VIPS to VIPS, a moderated discussion group for volunteer program leaders.
- Eligibility to apply for the Award for Outstanding Volunteer Programs.
- Recognition of your status by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the U.S. Department of Justice.
- Grant funding opportunities. Some states require registration with VIPS to be eligible for federal grant funding opportunities.
Click here to find out what funding may be available in your state through the Citizen Corps Program.