VOLUNTEERS IN POLICE SERVICE
A 2005 National Article on Newport CERT and VIPS published by The International Association of Chief's of Police
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"No matter how big and powerful government gets, and the many services it provides, it can never take the place of VOLUNTEERS" -Ronald Regan
Volunteers are people who donate their time and skills to an organization. As a volunteer with the Newport Police Department, you will have a front-row-seat for the behind-the-scenes working of a modern law enforcement agency. You'll be working side by side with police officers in a variety of settings.
Our volunteers are very important to us. When citizens who receive police services are helping to design, prioritize, and even deliver services, a closer connection is made between the Newport Police Department and the public we serve. This is the very foundation of Community Policing.
In September of 2005 we began a VIPS program in a partnership with Carteret County RSVP. Seven years later we still have 4 of those original members that continue to volunteer each week. We currently have 12 trained VIPS volunteers that perform many different roles within the police department. These volunteers have uniforms and perform such duties as traffic control at school crossings, clerical duties, crime prevention presentations, assist with limited crime scene processing duties, safety fairs, and many other functions. The VIPS volunteers are able to patrol as observer patrols around town among many other interesting duties.These volunteer patrols have reduced shoplifting at local businesses as well as provided another set of eyes for the patrol officers on day shift.
Since 2005 our VIPS have volunteered 15,688 hours, performed over 6,727 events, and patrolled over 28,000 miles. Using the hourly rate established by the National Independent Sector for Volunteer time, this volunteer time equates to a cost savings to the Town of Newport of over $298,072.00. (updated 2/14)
We strongly believe these volunteers assisting our department in these many different roles has enabled us to provide a much higher level of service to the citizens of Newport. We would not be able to provide many of the services we provide with just our full-time officers. The volunteer spirit also helps to keep us motivated as we serve the community we live in.
On Wednesday May 1st 2013 Newport Police Department Volunteer Ellis Jones was recognized at the annual Coastal Community Action Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon by Newport Chief Jeff Clark and Dora Jones (Coastal Community Action RSVP Director). VIPS Jones was awarded the President’s Lifetime Call to Service Award from the Corporation for National and Community Service for more than 4,000 volunteer hours in a lifetime to the Newport Police Department. VIPS Jones received a congratulatory letter from President Barack Obama, a certificate of appreciation, and a President’s Lifetime Award lapel pin. VIPS Jones is also a previous NC Governors’ Medallion Award winner for his volunteer efforts with Newport Police Department. The Newport Police Department began a Volunteer in Police Service Program in 2005. VIPS Ellis Jones was an initial member of the program when it began in 2005. Since 2005 VIPS Jones has volunteered 5,445 hours, and performed over 2,045 events for the Newport Police Department.
|ACTIVE VIPS||Serving Since||Volunteer Hours||President's Volunter Service Award Levels|
|Glenda Beck||2008||RET. 2011||BRONZE|
|Marianna Brown||2005||RET. 2012||GOLD|
|Gene Henderson||2005||RET. 2011||GOLD|
|Louise Smith||2007||RET. 2011||BRONZE|