A new volunteer program, Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS), provides unique opportunities for citizens in three key divisions – Patrol, Records and Evidence. The VIPS program seeks volunteers to assist in patrol, records, and evidence for at least a minimum of four hours per week. Duties and responsibilities vary based on the role with each area.
The following provides a brief outline of what each area would be looking for with additional information found at steamboatsprings.net/VIPS.
Patrol Assistant: Volunteers would provide general support for Patrol functions that could include demographic data input, transporting vehicles to fleet for routine maintenance, vehicle detailing, organizational tasks in the garage and storage areas as well as assisting with inventor or evidence booking.
Evidence Technician Assistant: Volunteers would assist in rotating evidence inventory, preparing and destroying evidence approved for disposal, organizing storage areas, scanning and disposal/shred of documents/files, researching information for case depositions, and special projects.
Records Assistant: Volunteers would perform clerical and records related tasks, as well as assist public in person and/or on phone. In addition, duties may include communicating with other law enforcement and government agencies and businesses.
If selected, volunteers will complete orientation including facility tour, security briefing, records overview, equipment training and ride-along on patrol as well as will be required to pass the Criminal Justice Information Services test.
Anyone interested in assisting the police department through the VIPS program should contact Jamie Malone, 970.879.4344 or by email.