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Ventura police call for community volunteers

January 22, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
The Ventura Police Department wants the local community to get involved, so it has announced its 5th annual Volunteers in Policing program, known as VIP.The goal of the VIP program is to increase community participation in helping patrol officers by responding to non emergency calls for service.

VIP members have contributed more than 40,000 hours of service since the program was launched in 2005.

During the 10-week VIP Academy, participants take part in a comprehensive training program consisting of traffic and parking enforcement, dispatch and communications training, patrol procedures, crime scene investigation, school and infrastructure checks, graffiti investigation, report writing and a driver's awareness program.

Graduates of the VIP Academy can expect to perform a myriad of duties including downtown and promenade patrols, foot patrols, critical infrastructure checks, school and vacation checks, parking enforcement, report writing, crime scene integrity, false alarm contacts, minor traffic accident investigation, assisting at DUI checkpoints and traffic control.

VIP members work in teams of two or more, drive a marked volunteer vehicle, and wear the department's VIP uniform including a badge, flashlight and police radio.

Applications are being accepted now, and the new training session begins in March.