The Volunteers in Police Service program, or VIPS, is part of a national Volunteers in Police Service organization. It is the policy of the Springfield Police Department to actively utilize the special skills and general desire to contribute to the community that may be found in civilian volunteers. The primary function of volunteers is to contribute to the overall mission of the department by augmenting the existing personnel resources. Volunteers, in any capacity, are not sworn officers and have no arrest powers or legal authority.
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer must complete a volunteer application and successfully pass a thorough background investigation and an oral interview. You will not be denied acceptance due to gender, color, race, religion, creed, or national origin.