Munster police consider creating VIPS program; applicants sought

2014-05-05T20:59:00Z Munster police consider creating VIPS program; applicants soughtTimes Staff nwitimes.com
May 05, 2014 8:59 pm  • 

MUNSTER | The Munster Police Department is exploring the possibility of implementing a Volunteers in Police Service program.

To that end, it is seeking residents who are interested in participating. 

The volunteers, called VIPS, may be asked to perform clerical tasks, assist with station duties and community events, write citations for accessible parking violations and provide patrol in the residential zones, business districts and parks.

These uniformed volunteers would not carry weapons, but would be issued equipment to serve as extra "eyes and ears" for the department. VIPS would be well-trained in spotting and reporting suspicious activity.

Volunteers must be at least 21 years old and would need to complete a selection process including a background check.

There is no maximum age limit for residents wishing to serve as VIPS, however, residents wishing to participate must have the physical ability and capacity to do so.

Interested applicants should understand VIPS are not paid positions and would be required to volunteer a specified number of hours each month. Training and equipment will be provided by the department to residents selected for the program.

Those interested are asked to contact Officer James Ghrist at (219) 836-6639 or jghrist@munster.org with name, address, contact number, and email address (if applicable) by Saturday.

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