The Blue Springs Police Department’s Volunteers In Police Service (VIPS) Program is one of five Citizen Corps partner programs managed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, on behalf of the White House Office of the USA Freedom Corps.
President George W. Bush created USA Freedom Corps to build on the countless acts of service, sacrifice, and generosity that followed September 11.
Sergeant Brandon Claxton supervises the day-to-day operations of the program. Claxton is responsible for coordinating and scheduling volunteers and assists in VIPS training.
VIPS members have a personnel file and time card to keep track of their volunteer and training hours. Team members have the flexibility to work as few or as many hours as they are able to given their skills, talents, and abilities.
Duties include database management, teaching training classes, crisis response, and assisting Animal Control. VIPS members also assist at community events such as the Fall Fun Festival, Santa Train, DWI Checkpoint operations, and National Night Out Against Crime.
Team members attend regular meetings and training sessions provided by Sergeant Kintz on report writing, radio communications, vehicle searches, detention services, dispatch center procedures, and fire arms safety training. If you are interested in joining the VIPS Program or would like more information call 816-228-0178.