Capt. Jeff Hooper of the Riley County Police Department announced that they have joined the national Volunteers in Police Service program (VIPS).
Thousands of law enforcement agencies around the country and internationally, are using volunteers to supplement public safety and crime prevention efforts. Volunteers never replace employees. Rather they offer support to allow agencies to provide additional services, maintain positive relationships with the public, and free up employees’ time for higher other duties.
The national Volunteers in Police Service program was established in 2002 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. To date, there are more than 2,000 registered VIPS programs with more than 250,000 volunteers representing agencies in all 50 states.
Riley County Police Department V.I.P.S volunteers will perform administrative/clerical, maintenance, janitorial, language interpretation, and photography/videographer services, and other duties as needs arise. The VIPS program will be focused on administrative support for the Department.
Volunteers working in the police department will be required to pass a criminal background check, complete the Department’s Citizens Academy, be at least 21 years of age, and be able to commit to a minimum of 16 hours a month. For further requirements contact the VIPS Coordinator or visit the Department’s website.
Applications can be picked up at the Riley County Police Department or filled out online at www.rileycountypolice.org