The Volunteers in Policing (VIP) program was introduced in 1995 to allow community members to assist police by performing functions that are not core police duties. VIPs are an integral part of the police team and through their work, police are able to concentrate on core duties and drive down crime across the state.
Why be a VIP?
As a volunteer, you will meet and interact with a variety of people, learning new skills along the way. You will have the satisfaction of knowing you are helping police make New South Wales a safer community. All volunteers will be provided with VIP shirts, jumpers and photo identification.
Who can be a VIP?
- be of good health and over 18 years of age
- be an Australian citizen or have permanent resident status
- possess satisfactory communication skills
- have proven involvement in the community
- undergo a police records check and fingerprinting
- be able to treat colleagues and community members with respect.
- assist police with victim support and customer service
- support witnesses attending court and during the court process
- perform community liaison functions such as senior citizens meeting and community safety committees
- participate in community policing initiatives such as safety audits and engraving programs
- assist during times of disaster or emergency
- maintain local registers including citizens at risk and key holder registers
- maintain a scrapbook of police related newspaper clippings
- maintain the public noticeboard in the foyer
- assist with school fetes and youth programs
- promote crime prevention initiatives by distributing crime prevention materials at shopping centres, schools, car parks and home addresses
- perform administrative tasks such as minute taking, shredding, filing, photocopying and packing
- assist Protocol Officer at medal ceremonies
- visit local charities to request toys to entertain children attending the police station, and assist with short term child minding.
All volunteers receive specialist training at the local police command and you can expect to be fully supported whilst completing a diverse range of duties at the Local Area Command. Volunteers are invited to attend an annual VIP conference.
Working Hours of a VIP
As a volunteer you may work up to 16 hours per week. The exception to this would be in periods of high demand - such as disasters or emergency situations. Minimum hours are not set and are left to the discretion of the Local Area Commander, in consultation with the individual volunteer. If you have any specific time commitments or restrictions you can include these on your agreement document, which volunteers sign annually.