Volunteers can provide a level of support to local law enforcement agencies. While all agencies are designed and staffed to provide appropriate policing and law enforcement services to the community, there is always more to do. Volunteers can fill in critical gaps in program support, enabling law enforcement agencies to respond more effectively to enforcement and policing priorities. At the same time, volunteers can create valuable ties between members of the community which they represent and law enforcement.
What do the SBPD VIPS do?
- Assits with natural and man-made disasters
- Acts as the "Eyes & Ears" for the Police
- Reports "Quality of Life Issues"
- Partols streets, parking lots, etc.
- Assists with traffic control for:
-- Other Special Events in the City
What type of training does a VIP receive?
- Radio Communications
- Traffic Control
- Weather Spotter
- Radar Gun
- And more!
How do I join?
- Must complete Citizen's Police Academy prior to applying (9 week program).
- Be 18 yrs. old (21 to drive squad car).
- Have a valid drivers license or ID card.
- Have a clear driving record.
- Submit to and pass a background check.
- Attend one training class a month.
- Work 4 hours of patrol or special events per month (minimum participation requirement).
- Training classes are free.
- VIPS gear is issued upon graduation.
Lt. Patrick Hechlinski
VIPS Unit Commander
Phone: 574 235-7527