The mission of the Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) program is to provide volunteer support staff to aid police personnel in the delivery of services to the citizens of Anaheim. VIPS representatives supplement existing departmental services, freeing paid employees to perform their necessary duties. VIPS representatives are placed in areas which utilize their skills, talents and interests, while offering a challenging and rewarding experience. Most importantly, VIPS representatives build community relations by giving the public the opportunity to become involved in the day to day activities of their police department. There are currently 3 areas in which to volunteer within the Department:
Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP)
The Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol is comprised of volunteers age 50 and older that patrol and observe neighborhood activity, check homes of vacationing residents, visit homebound and isolated persons and participate in community flashlight walks, act as a further set of “eyes and ears” in reporting suspicious activity and identifying problem solving opportunities. RSVP members have vehicles and police radios to enhance patrol abilities and provide communication with Department personnel in the event police intervention is required.
Volunteers In Service To Anaheim (V.I.S.T.A.)
Volunteers In Service To Anaheim form a core group who staff a variety of Departmental facilities. Volunteers fill classifications including clerical, administrative, technical and professional activities. V.I.S.T.A. representatives may assist with fingerprinting, staffing special events, developing operations manuals, and conducting computer research.
Anaheim Resort Ambassador Program
The Anaheim Resort Ambassador Program is comprised of volunteers on foot that patrol and assist those who visit and conduct business in the resort area. Ambassadors work in groups of two. Duties include helping tourist by providing requested information and introducing them to necessary resources, acting as a liaison between resort police officers and area hotels/businesses, act as further set of “eyes and ears” in reporting suspicious activity and problem solving opportunities to resort police officers. Stationary positions are also available at the “help desk”.