In 2009, the Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) Program held a focus group to see how agencies were coping with tightening budgets by utilizing their existing volunteer programs. While agencies are cutting staff and programs, the use of volunteers remains consistent or, in some cases, has increased. Many agencies have responded to the tough financial climate by training and placing volunteers in duties not previously performed by volunteers.
To help agencies think creatively about potential volunteer roles, this latest VIPS publication, Volunteers in Police Service Program Add Value While Budgets Decrease , highlights innovative ways agencies around the country are engaging citizens and increasing their reach in the community. To listen to a podcast discussing this publication and for more information, visit www.policevolunteers.org.