C.O.P.S. is a volunteer organization dedicated to helping the Phoenix Police Department and the Community. The Phoenix Police Department has a long outstanding history of volunteerism.
The department implemented its volunteer program in 1983. The C.O.P.S. Volunteer program (VIPS) is a unique and invaluable program and resource to the department. Today, we have over 160 volunteers working in all areas within our department. We also have many University student interns who start their career path within the program. Each year volunteers have contributed anywhere from 25,000 to 30,000 hours of volunteer service to our Police Department.
The Citizen Corps programs are part of the USA Freedom Corps initiative and share the common goal of helping communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to crime, natural disasters and other emergencies.
Citizen Corps includes five program partners: Neighborhood Watch, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Medical Reserve Corps, Fire Corps, and the Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS) program.
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) manages and implements the VIPS Program in partnership with and on behalf of the White House Office of the USA Freedom Corps and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice. The goal of the program is to enhance the capacity of state and local law enforcement to utilize volunteers.
Other volunteer programs: