Volunteers in Police Service/VIPS
President George W. Bush created the USA Freedom Corps to build on the countless acts of service, sacrifice, and generosity that followed the September 11 attacks. In the 2002 State of the Union address, the President called on all Americans to serve a cause greater than their own. The Volunteers in Police Services is one of five Freedom Corps programs.
The VIPS program provides support and resources to Law Enforcement agencies who utilize the time and skills of volunteers to enhance their agencies.
The Susquehanna Township Police Department’s VIPS program began in 2006 and has been a valuable resource which is called upon to assist the Department’s officers in a wide range of tasks.
The VIPS after completing a block of instruction must do a “ride along” with the officers to see first hand the services that they provide. The VIPS have their specially marked vehicle and after have assisted officers with: Traffic Control, Special Events, Patrolling the Township Parks, Clerical Duties, Assisting Motorists and whatever else needs to be done to assist the officer.
Our VIPS have been recognized for their commitment and volunteering to the community by the Susquehanna Township Board of Commissioners, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and in 2007 has received the Governor’s Citizen Crime Prevention Volunteer Recognition Award. This citation is in recognition of the significant volunteer contributions made in cooperation with Law Enforcement.
Currently or VIPS programs consists of the following volunteers:
- Mr. Thomas Delp
For more information on the VIPS program please contact:
Sergeant Timothy Karchnak
Community Technical Services Unit
1900 Linglestown Road
Harrisburg PA 17110