Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS)

The Blue Springs Police Department’s Volunteers In Police Service (VIPS) Program is one of five Citizen Corps partner programs managed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, on behalf of the White House Office of the USA Freedom Corps.

President George W. Bush created USA Freedom Corps to build on the countless acts of service, sacrifice, and generosity that followed September 11.

VIPS Program
VIPS member Ed "Doc" Golden supervises the day-to-day operations of the program. Golden is responsible for coordinating and scheduling volunteers and assists in VIPS training.
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"It gives people the opportunity to give something back and help make a difference here in Blue Springs," said Golden. "I am proud to be part of a great team and honored to serve my community."

The Police Department trains and works with each VIPS team member. A thorough application, oral interview, and background investigation is performed for each volunteer in the same manner as a commissioned police officer. However, volunteers are not commissioned officers and do not carry firearms.
VIPS members have a personnel file and time card to keep track of their volunteer and training hours. Team members have the flexibility to work as few or as many hours as they are able to given their skills, talents, and abilities.

Volunteer Opportunities
Duties include database management, teaching training classes, crisis response, and assisting Animal Control. VIPS members also assist at community events such as the Fall Fun Festival, Santa Train, DWI Checkpoint operations, and National Night Out Against Crime.

Get Involved
Team members attend regular meetings and training sessions provided by Sergeant Kintz on report writing, radio communications, vehicle searches, detention services, dispatch center procedures, and fire arms safety training. If you are interested in joining the VIPS Program or would like more information, please email Allen Kintz, or call 816-228-0178.