Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS)

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ABOUT VIPS 

VIPS was created to assist in the services that the Sandy City Police Department provides to the community. VIPS are highly trained individuals who act as an extra set of eyes and ears for the Police Department performing Mobile Patrol shifts. They report any suspicious activity that they see to patrol personnel on duty. 

They also help with other community-oriented policing functions such as setting up Traffic Trailers, Golf Course Patrols, Ranger Patrols in Dimple Dell and Community Events (to name a few). 

Volunteers are required to be on shift 8 or more hours every month to maintain their volunteer status. 

Volunteers always patrol in a designated marked volunteer vehicle that is equipped with a radio and assigned by the Sandy City Police Department. 

VIPS always patrol with another trained volunteer in uniform. 

HOW TO GET INVOLVED WITH VIPS

To become a member of the Sandy City Police VIPS team, you must go through an application, interview, background check process, and drug test. 

First, an application must be submitted. 

Second, a criminal background and drivers’ history check will be performed. You will also be required to pass a drug test and have your fingerprints taken. 

Third, if the application and background check process is successful, an interview with the Crime Prevention Specialist and VIPS Patrol Lieutenant will be conducted.  

Those individuals that the Police Department determines will be a good fit will be notified to begin training. 

TRAINING INVOLVED

You can expect about 60 hours of training, most of which will be done before the start of your volunteer position and some of which will happen after. Plus, you will receive ongoing training monthly. 

Some of the training includes (but is not limited to):

  • Police Citizen Academy
  • Defensive Driving
  • First Aid, CPR, AED
  • Observation and Reporting
  • Communications
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Specific-task related training

ESSENTIAL DUTIES

VIPS can expect to do the following duties routinely:

  • Observe and report crimes or suspicious activities to Officers while on Patrol Shifts
  • Attend meetings and trainings once a month
  • Deter and prevent crime by being visible in the community
  • Provide a sense of observation for businesses and citizens
  • Patrol city neighborhoods, parks, churches, business districts, parking lots, etc. 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least 21 years of age
  • Sandy resident or Sandy business owner 
  • A good moral character with no convictions as determined by a background check and drug test
  • Good driving record
  • Free of any physical, emotional, or mental conditions that might affect VIPS duties 

 

 

For more information or if you are interested in becoming a VIP, contact:

Amy Bryant, Crime Prevention Specialist

801-568-7200 or abryant@sandy.utah.gov