Thursday, September 23, 2021



Vail Police Department Volunteer Program

Vail VIPS (Volunteers In Police Service)

The VIPS Program Mission is to assist and support the Vail Police Department and to foster positive relationships between the Police and residents and visitors of the Town of Vail.

VIPS allow law enforcement officers to focus on policing and enforcement activities by providing supplemental non-enforcement support services.

Volunteers provide a value-added level of support by assisting the Department in a wide range of roles and functions including Business Liaison, Check Point Charlie (vehicle access control into the town center), Community Bike Patrol, Handicap Parking Citations, Records Assistance, and more.

Uniformed VIPS assignments are specific and specialized. Once a potential volunteer has completed the application, been cleared through a background check, and successfully completed a personal interview, the applicant is entered into the program. Each approved volunteer receives a wide range of training covering the various duties VIPS volunteers provide to the Department. Volunteers are encouraged to select one or two areas that match their individual interests and experience for regular duty. Uniforms will be provided by the Department along with specific equipment required to perform the duties, i.e. two-way radios or bicycles for bike patrol.

Non-uniformed VIPS provide Special Event assistance to the Vail Police Department during many of the special events that are held in the Town of Vail throughout the year. These include the Fourth of July Parade, GoPro Mountain Games, Octoberfest, various bicycle and ski events, and many more. In addition, non-uniformed VIPS can assist with ski and bicycle registration and community surveys.

18 years of age or older
Current U.S. Citizen
Possess a valid Driver's License (any US state)
Acceptable driving record
No felony convictions
Successfully complete a background check and personal interview

Good communication and interpersonal skills
Volunteer at least 8 hours per month if uniformed
Present a professional appearance at all times

Applications can be obtained at the link below, at the Vail Police Department front counter in the Vail Municipal Center or by calling 970-479-2210.

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