The Volunteers In Police Service (VIPS) Program helps to sustain a spirit of cooperation and partnership with the community to enhance the Denver Police Department’s ability to serve the city of Denver. Volunteers are an integral part of our organization and have proven to be a valuable asset by increasing police responsiveness, service delivery, and information input. In addition, volunteers bring new skills and expertise to the department and serve as positive police ambassadors within the community. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our program and how you can make a difference by being a part of the police department.
In 2019, 284 volunteers gave 30,645 hours to the Denver Police Department, totaling $779,302 in added value for the City and County of Denver. Since the beginning of the VIPS Program in 2004, volunteers have given 504,805 hours, totaling a savings of more than $12.8 million.
The Denver Police Department is currently accepting applications for volunteer positions. We have over 100 different assignments, with new opportunities coming available weekly. To see a list of our most recent open positions, please visit our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/DenverPoliceVIPS
Here are some of our recently filled volunteer opportunities:
Volunteers directly represent the Denver Police Department and must follow all Department and City rules and regulations. In addition, volunteers will be handling confidential and sensitive information requiring volunteers to be professional, accountable, trustworthy, and reliable.
What are the minimum qualifications? Volunteers must be:
An applicant must successfully pass five different stages in our application process to be accepted into the VIPS program. At the completion of each stage, our office evaluates each application for disqualifiers. While there are firm disqualifiers, applicants are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and the decision to accept them into the program is based off findings from all stages. There is no appeal for disqualification from the VIPS program.
Automatic disqualifiers include:
Because Denver Police Department volunteers are held to a high standard, the application process is thorough. On average, applications take four to six weeks to process. There have been applications that have taken longer to process dependent on volume of applications received, how quickly we are able to contact your references, and complete a background check.
How much time am I expected to give?
We know your time is valuable and we appreciate you being willing to give yours! You may commit any number of hours to your position; however, we do require a minimum of 30 hours between January 1st to December 31st in order to remain active in the program.
What positions are available?
We are always expanding our program to include positions all over the department, so our open opportunities change weekly. Opportunities ranging from administrative support, receptionists, photographers, fingerprinting, scenario role playing, and community outreach. Positions are assigned based on interest, skills, and availability. Positions are flexible, giving you the freedom to explore the Department.
Why should I volunteer?
Police departments across the country are facing budget restrictions, and officers are often spending time doing tasks that are not the most beneficial to their communities. Volunteers are instrumental in freeing up officers’ time to allow them to play a more active role on the streets and in their original positions. It is also a great way to get involved in your community and make a positive impact on your neighborhood. With your support, communities can help support law enforcement and make cities a safer place!
Do I need to be a resident of Denver?
While many of our volunteers are residents of Denver, anyone residing within driving distance of our stations are welcome to volunteer.
Is the Citizens' Academy part of the Volunteers in Police Service?
No, but the VIP program and Citizens' Academy are operated out of the same office. If you are interested in attending a Citizens' Academy, or just learning more about the program, visit the Citizens' Academy page.
Can I volunteer if I smoke marijuana?
The Denver Police Department has a no tolerance policy when it comes to any type of drug (including marijuana and medical marijuana) for its employees and volunteers. While marijuana is legal in Denver, it is illegal federally.
Internship Program: The Internship is intended for college students who are exploring career fields and/or whose degree requires an internship. Students that are looking to experience how DPD/DSD is involved in the community, different departments within the police department/sheriff department and the multiple aspects of being a police officer/sheriff should apply. Please see below for internship duration and application deadlines:
Interns can choose to stay longer with supervisor and VIPS approval. Academic fields recommended for participants in the study areas of Social Work, Human Services, Business, Non-Profit, Public Service, Criminal Justice, Marketing, Paralegal, Legal.
The purpose of the Denver Police Chaplains Unit is to provide spiritual and emotional guidance and counseling to all members of the Denver Police Department, both sworn and civilian, and their families in time of need. The Denver Police Department Chaplains Unit is Inter-Faith and our Chaplains minister to all people within the Department regardless of their faith membership or faith background.
Some examples of the work of our Chaplains includes:
If you have any questions regarding our police chaplains or have an interest in serving as a police chaplain, please contact our office at 720-913-6816.
Winners of the 2018 “Leadership in Volunteers in Police Service Award” by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
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