Application Process for Volunteer Programs
I would like to volunteer at the Police Department. How do I Apply?
To apply for the Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) Program simply complete a Volunteer Application form and background waiver. All areas must be completed or have Not Applicable (N/A) information in order to be processed. You can drop the forms off at the Police Department, email the forms to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail the forms to:
Winters Police Department
ATTN: Volunteer Program
702 Main Street
Winters, California 95694
What happens next?
After completing your Program Application, there are three steps to the application process:
Step 1) Application Review and Background Check
The Volunteer Coordinators will review your application. The background check includes a review of the applicant’s criminal history and driving record. References listed by the applicant will be contacted to determine the applicant’s suitability to become a member of the Winters Police Department VIPS Program.
Step 2) Interview and Fingerprinting
Applicant will be contacted by a Volunteer Coordinator to establish a time for an interview with the Coordinator. The applicant will also be given information regarding contacting records to schedule Live Scan fingerprinting.
Step 3) Acceptance or Non- Acceptance
All applicants will be notified by mail of their acceptance or non-acceptance to the program.
Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS)
The Volunteers in Police Service program (VIPS) is a nationally recognized volunteer program created by the International Chiefs of Police and is currently in over 2,700 Police and Sheriff agencies across the Nation. Citizens from within the community who serve as Winters Police Volunteers can provide support in the following assignments:
- School Patrol
- Park and Bike Trail Patrols
- Community Events
- Traffic Control during Emergencies
- Conflict Resolution
- Senior Wellness Checks
- Clerical/ Office Support
- Vacation Home Checks
Volunteers are non- sworn employees and do not perform any enforcement services
Ideal candidates are retired or semi retired, have no criminal background and can commit to serving a minimum of 16 hours a month.
- Complete a City of Winters Volunteer Application
- Have a valid California Driver's License
- Have proof of Insurance
- Pass a background check
- Pass an oral interview
For more information regarding the Winters Police Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) please contact:
Robert Duvall, Director of Volunteer Services
Winters Police Department
702 Main St Winters, CA 95694
(530) 795-2261 ext 146