Since the program started in 1995, Volunteers In Police Service (VIPS) have donated thousands of hours of community service to assist the Richland Police Department. The program goals are:
- Enhancing our ability to provide quality service
- Maintaining a proactive working relationship with citizens
- Preventing Crime
- Sharing the common goal of effective public safety
- Assisting clerical staff
- Assisting patrol officers
- Distributing letters and fliers
- Participating in the speed watch program
- Performing miscellaneous non-hazardous activities
- Performing vacation house checks
- Providing handicap parking patrols
- Working extra patrols
- Must be at least 18 years old;
- Attend the Citizen's Academy (waived for prior law enforcement experience) and;
- Complete the testing process (includes submitting an application, agree to undergo a background investigation, attend an oral board and if selected commit to donating a minimum of 5 hours per month.)
The Richland Police Department accepts applications anytime during the year from prior Citizen's Academy graduates,or those who have graduated from the Washington State Criminal Justice Basic Training or Reserve Academy. Appointments are based on position vacancies.
People wishing to become a Richland Police Department volunteer are encouraged to attend the Richland Citizen's Academy first. The Richland Citizen's Academy is open to any Richland citizen and occurs each year between January and March.
For more information please contact Crime Prevention Specialist Cerise Peck (509) 942-7636.