The Volunteers In Police Service Program exists to develop a spirit of cooperation and partnership within the community to enhance the Denver Police Department’s ability to serve the city of Denver. 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 it.
Volunteers are an integral part of our organization and are proven to be a valuable asset to law enforcement agencies. Volunteers help to increase police responsiveness, service delivery, information input, and they provide new program opportunities. In addition, volunteers bring new skills and expertise to the department and promote enthusiasm.
The Volunteers in Police Service Program also assists the Denver Police Department in providing transparency to the public. VIPS serve as positive police ambassadors within the community.
In 2016, 251 volunteers gave 26,272 hours to the Denver Police Department. The value of these hours equals $618,968 in savings for the City and County of Denver. Since the beginning of the VIPS Program in 2004, volunteers have given 421,106 hours, totaling a savings of more than $9.9 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:
Don't miss the opportunity to join our exciting team!
If you are interested in volunteering for the Denver Police Department, we invite you to learn more about the application process and qualifications below. Download an application.
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?
You must successfully past five different stages in our application process to be accepted into the VIPS program. At the completion of the different stages, 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 of findings from all stages. There is no appeal for disqualification from the VIPS program.
Automatic disqualifiers include:
Applicants may also be disqualified, after review, at the discretion of the VIPS Program Administrator, for the following reasons:
Because Denver Police Department volunteers are held to a high standard, the application process is thorough. On average, applications take up to two 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 within a time frame of January 1st to December 31st in order for you to remain active in the system. Some positions will require more time than others, but we can work with you to find something that fits your availability.
What positions are available?
We are currently expanding our program to include positions all over the department. There are opportunities ranging from copying Homicide cases, CSI team, receptionists, photographers, and community outreach. Positions are assigned based on interest, skills, and availability. We will work with you to make sure you are doing what you would like to. Positions are flexible, giving you the freedom to explore options.
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. With your support, communities can help support law enforcement and make cities a safer place!
Is the Citizen's Academy part of the Volunteers in Police Service?
No, but the VIP program and Citizen's Academy are operated out of the same office. If you are interested in attending a Citizen's Academy, or just learning more about the program, visit our 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.
If you are interested in our Internship Program, please visit the www.denvergov.org/jobs website. Internships are posted as they become available and any requirements for the position are described in the posting. If you do not see any posted internships, please continue to check the website as internships are posted throughout the year.
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.
If you have any questions regarding our police chaplains or have an interest in serving as a police chaplain, please contact our Head Chaplain, Dr. Jack Pope at Jackson.Pope@denvergov.org.