IACP Looks At Law Enforcement Volunteering

IACP has conducted an analysis of Volunteers in Police Service…

IACP has conducted an analysis of Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) programs to gain a greater understanding of the current state of law enforcement volunteering. The analysis gathered information from new and established programs on promising approaches, programmatic challenges, and resource needs. Responses were received from 226 law enforcement volunteer program managers.

Here are some of the highlights:

Experience with volunteers varies greatly.

The total number of volunteers per program ranged from one to 3,200.
The total number of volunteer hours ranged from four to 157,000.
65 percent of agencies have engaged volunteers for more than 10 years.

Volunteers complete diverse tasks. The most common (participants could select more than one category) were:

Administrative (71 percent)
Community Outreach and Crime Prevention (65 percent)
Citizen Patrols (63 percent)
Emergency Preparedness and Response (48 percent)
Chaplain Services (45 percent)
Volunteer Program Administration (42 percent)

Volunteer management structure varies by agency. The volunteer managers/coordinators of responding agencies were: (Note: participants could select more than one category)

49 percent sworn
32 percent non-sworn
27 percent volunteer
54 percent full-time
17 percent part-time

Read more at theiacpblog.org.

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