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The Volunteers in Policing Program's mission is to enhance and support the delivery of services to the community through a wide variety of volunteer services that will contribute to the public safety of the citizens of Eugene.
The Eugene Police Department's Volunteers in Policing (VIP) Program partners citizens and police in support of our crime prevention and community policing efforts. As a Eugene Police volunteer, you will have a front-row seat for behind-the-scenes operations of law enforcement. We recruit a wide range of volunteers, including retirees, employed people, Citizens’ Police Academy graduates and students. We are able to accommodate practicum, internships and cooperative work experience placements. We recruit people at all levels of income, and diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Our volunteers are 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 Police Department and the public. This is what community policing is all about.
Why should you volunteer?
People volunteer for a range of reasons. Training and career experience is a strong motivation for young people, while older volunteers might want to develop new skills or gain experience for a career change. Many volunteers simply want to make a difference in improving our community.