VOLUNTEERS IN POLICING (VIP)
The Yuba City Police Department Volunteers in Policing (VIP) Program was formed in 1997. At the time of its inception, there were 14 members. There are currently 26 volunteers in the program, and it continues to grow in members and duties. The purpose of the volunteer program is to enhance the Department’s cooperative partnership with the community by bringing citizens directly into the Police Department organization. A secondary goal is to provide the citizens of Yuba City with an increased level of service.
Members of the volunteer program must attend a 12-week Citizen Police Academy, be at least 21 years of age, and be able to commit to a minimum of 16 hours of service per month to the Police Department. A background check is conducted on each volunteer applicant.
As of December 2011, volunteers had donated over 75,000 hours of their time and talents to the Police Department.
Volunteer duties include but are not limited to:
- Staffing the Yuba City Community Service Office
- Patrol duties, traffic control, and parking and handicapped tickets
- Filing or word processing within our Records Department
- Assisting in the Property/Evidence Room
- Assisting with special community events
- Conducting business and residential security checks
- Conduct radar surveys
- Assist with crime prevention programs
- Home visits to at-risk seniors/VOICE program
- Assist during emergency situations
- Department mail and court runs
“Together we protect” is a motto used by the Yuba City Police Department in a cooperative effort between the police department and the community we serve. We understand that we cannot be effective in carrying out our jobs without a working partnership with the public we serve.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Yuba City Police Department Volunteers in Policing (VIP), we require you to attend the Citizen’s Academy. You can apply online here or contact Vickie Owen at (530) 822-4788.