Cypress Police Department is Looking for Volunteers
Who are we?
The Cypress Volunteers in Policing (VIP) is a team of trained citizen volunteers who assist police with non-enforcement duties that allow officers to focus on crime reduction. Volunteers can be an important part of any organization and are proven to be a valuable asset to law enforcement agencies. Volunteers help to increase police responsiveness, service delivery levels, information input, and they provide new program opportunities. In addition, volunteers can bring new skills, enthusiasm and expertise to the job.
The VIP program was created to develop a strong partnership that bridges the gap between community needs and community volunteer resources. Volunteers do not take enforcement action, carry weapons, nor make arrests. Volunteers are utilized as additional “eyes, ears, and hands” of the police department in a patrol capacity as well as in support assistance to police personnel.
Why become a VIP?
VIPs are an integral part of the Cypress Police Department team, helping to control, reduce and prevent crime in Cypress. The VIP program is a great opportunity to meet new people, gain valuable work experience, and achieve personal fulfillment that comes from helping others. Cypress VIPs can take pride in knowing they are part of the solution to addressing crimes in the community.
What training will I receive?
Volunteers will attend a six-week training program to acquaint them with the department, personnel, policies and procedures that will have a direct impact on their work assignment. Volunteers will also receive training covering areas such as diversity, health and safety, patrol procedures, radio usage, driver awareness, crime prevention and data protection. Other training may be given depending on the volunteer role.
What will I be doing?
Some of the duties the volunteers perform are vacation house checks, conducting station tours, school presentations, fleet maintenance, shooting range maintenance, traffic and parking control, fingerprinting, community events, crime scene containment, materials transportation and delivery, and data entry.
How old do I have to be?
Volunteers should be over 18 years of age.
How do I apply?
If you are interested in becoming a VIP and meet the program qualifications, please visit www.cypresspd.org for an application or stop by the Police Department. Applications are accepted on a continual basis. For more information about the VIP program, please contact the Police Department Community Services Unit at (714) 229-6626.