"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 7 active trained VIPS volunteers that perform many different roles within the police department, including a Police Chaplain who provides support to officers and members of the community. VIPS 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 our program's inauguration in 2005, our amazing VIPS have volunteered over 28,696 hours, performed over 11,456 events, and patrolled over 56,500 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 $694,156. (updated 7/20)
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.
July 2020 marks 15 years of distinguished volunteer service for Newport Police Volunteer in Police Services Officer Ellis R. Jones. Officer Jones has volunteered in excess of 9,700 hours to his community through the VIPS program. THANK YOU Officer Jones, your steadfast and unwavering commitment in service to others is second to none!
Officer Jones, pictured above with retired Chief of Police Jeff Clark and Coastal Community Action RSVP Director Dora Jones, was awarded the President’s Lifetime Call to Service Award from the Corporation for National and Community Service in 2013 for vounteering more than 4,000 volunteer hours in a lifetime to the Newport Police Department. Officer Jones also received a congratulatory letter from President Barack Obama, a certificate of appreciation, and a President’s Lifetime Award lapel pin. He is a recipient of the Governor's Medallion Award for his volunteer efforts with the Police Department as well.
Officer Jones was among the first to join the Volunteers in Police Service program when it was founded in 2005. He continues to volunteer his time with the Newport Police Department, though unfortunately the current pandemic has prevented our volunteers from reporting for duty. Since 2005, Officer Jones has volunteered 9,738 hours and performed over 3,347 events for the Newport Police Department.
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For a VIPS Application click here
For more information on The President's Volunteer Service Awards click here