Volunteers In Patrol Support (VIPS)
The Volunteers In Patrol Support (VIPS) provides additional volunteer support to the Arcadia Police Department operations. This program adds another dimension to the efforts of the police department to increase police visibility in the City of Arcadia, as well as further enhancing partnerships with our residents and business community.
The Arcadia Police Department currently has 70 registered volunteers. It is from these ranks that interested volunteers are further trained to handle the VIPS duties. This allows patrol officers more time to dedicate towards proactive policing. There are currently 21 VIPS serving the police department.
Police presence and visibility are enhanced with VIPS. The volunteers assigned to this program drive a white patrol vehicle with an amber light bar (pictured above). This clearly distinguishes the vehicle from our regular black and white patrol fleet. This vehicle is marked with the words, "Volunteer Patrol." This vehicle is equipped with a radio for communications with police dispatchers.
The volunteers wear the standard volunteer uniform that consists of a white shirt that clearly identifies them as volunteers. All clothing and equipment is supplied by the Arcadia Police Department. Their duties will include, but not be limited to, vacation house checks, document delivery, transportation details, traffic direction, school patrol, assisting with DUI/license check points, and parking enforcement. The volunteers may be trained for other patrol related functions as the program evolves.
Published: January 19, 2021