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Government  Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS)  

 

BUILDING A POLICE/COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP

VIPS - proudly serving the Auburn Police Department

 

The Auburn Police Department invites you to join the Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) program.

VIPS, first launched locally in 2003, is a federal program which is managed and implemented by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in partnership with, and on behalf of, the U.S. Department of Justice and the White House Office of the USA Freedom Corps. The VIPS Program was originally funded locally through the Androscoggin County “Weed & Seed” Project, a federally funded grant.

The purpose of the VIPS program is for volunteers to assist their local law enforcement agencies in a wide range of roles and functions. Volunteers help fill critical gaps in program support and provide essential technical expertise. “This program gives individuals the opportunity to give back to their community in a meaningful way and to support local law enforcement agencies whose members often ‘wear several hats’ in these times of tightening budgets & ever-increasing costs,” says Chief of Police Phil Crowell, Jr. “Our volunteers help to maximize resources and provide services that the public wants but that sworn and civilian staff may not have the time to furnish.”

VIPS Program Coordinator, Liz Allen recruits, screens and trains volunteers who provide support in many areas, including:

  • data entry, clerical/administrative support & greeters
  • traffic control during special events and festivals (such as the Liberty Festival, the Balloon Festival and National Night Out)
  • high-visibility speed details using hand-held radar unit (data collection, no enforcement)
  • vacant house checks
  • towed vehicle standby
  • subpoena service
  • parking enforcement
  • shopping area parking lot patrols/shopper assistance during the holiday season and much, much more!

 

Our newest volunteer initiative is the Androscoggin County Community Emergency Response Team – CERT. Under the direction of local emergency responders, CERT teams help provide critical support by giving immediate assistance to victims, providing damage assessment info, and organizing other volunteers at a disaster site. Volunteers trained in CERT perform duties such as shelter support, crowd control and evacuation. The role of a CERT volunteer is to help themselves and others until trained emergency personnel arrive. Training makes sense. Get involved now.

The VIPS program’s ultimate goal is to enhance the capacity of the APD to utilize volunteers, and to cultivate and make the most of the deep-seated traditions of service, citizenship, and responsibility in Androscoggin County. Volunteers work alongside our police officers to help to make our community safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to any emergency situation.

Volunteers in the APD VIPS program are required to submit an application and are subject to a background check. All applicants must be over the age of 18.

Anyone interested in the VIPS program is invited to visit the Auburn Police Department to meet the VIPS Coordinator and learn more about becoming a Volunteer in Police Service. Individuals who are unable to visit the Auburn PD at Sixty Court Street should contact Liz Allen, VIPS Coordinator, at 333-6650, extension 2070 or via e-mail at lallen@auburnmaine.gov.

To download the VIPS application, click here.

To visit the National VIPS website, click here.

 

 

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