The mission of the Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) is to serve the citizen’s of Topeka as a volunteer support service to the Topeka Police Department, enhancing their effectiveness of community policing through the provision of administrative, patrol, and support services when requested or required by the department.
Goals & Objectives
- To provide administrative support services when requested
- To provide community patrol services when required subject to specific guidelines of conduct and responsibilities
- To provide for positive public interaction with the Topeka Police Department, other public safety agencies, and emergency medical services, in the development of Community policing
- VIPS will have the same responsibilities as paid non-sworn within the framework of their assignment
- VIPS are not employees, and may not be assigned to law enforcement functions, which require the authority of a sworn officer.
Duties of Administrative VIPS
To provide administrative support services when requested, including but not limited to:
- Ability to assist with form(s) completion and proof-reading
- Record keeping maintenance and filing
- Data entry and information retrieval (computer)
- Binding, collating, cataloging and copying
- Telephone and customer/client window service
- Other duties as may be assigned
- Other non-enforcement and non-hazardous functions as requested by the Department, including special assignment assignments from the Command Staff
Duties of Patrol VIPS
To provide community patrol services when requested, including but not limited to:
- Traffic Control
- Ambulance, Fire and Police vehicle security during incidents
- Crowd control during parades, runs and other significant events
- Drivers license/DUI check lanes
- Abandoned vehicle tagging and reporting
- Vacation house watch
- Neighborhood patrol and school patrol and security
- Stalled vehicle assistance
- Delivery of necessary forms and crime scene as required
- Other non-enforcement and non-hazardous functions as requested by the Department, including special assignment assignments from the Command Staff.
- Must be a responsible, law abiding citizen with no felony convictions
- Individuals with misdemeanor convictions will be on a case by case basis for acceptance into the program
- Must be a person of high integrity and responsibility
- Must be at least 18 years of age
- Have valid proof of legal resident status within the United States of America
- Possess a High School diploma or GED.
Prospective candidates for a volunteer position must show capability and a cooperative effort with volunteers, TPD staff, and employees while working in a supporting role. Intentional omissions or failure to provide accurate, truthful information on applications will be grounds for disapproval for selection.
To join the TPD VIPS, you first need to complete the Topeka Police Department Citizens Academy.
For more information, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Maria Anderson at 785-368-9237, or by email.