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Join VPD for the Volunteers Info Meeting


The Visalia Police Department is recruiting for volunteers, are you ready to answer the call?

The VPD will be holding a Volunteers Informational Meeting on Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 6 p.m.

This Volunteers Informational Meeting will review what the Volunteer in Police Services (VIPS) program is, provide an overview of the Citizens Police Academy and provide a space to answer questions about the programs and partnerships available to community members.

The Volunteers Informational Meeting will be held at Visalia's City Hall West, commonly known as City Hall, located at 707 W. Acequia, Visalia. 

For questions or more information, contact Visalia PD's Community Outreach Coordinator at (559) 713-4147.

Ready to Apply Today?

The VPD is now accepting applications for this year’s Volunteer in Police Service (VIPS) & Citizens Police Academy.

This 10-week course is designed to acquaint the public with the inner workings of the Visalia Police Department. The Academy is open to anyone who meets the participation requirements and successfully goes through the screening process.

Upon successful completion of this course and a background investigation, participants will have the option to be sworn in as a VIPS, ready to assist in essential non-hazardous duties. Some of these duties will include administrative and office functions and field operations such as community events, parades, traffic control, and DUI checkpoints.

The purpose of the Visalia VIPS & Citizens Police Academy is to enhance police & community relationships by inviting the community to partner with the staff of the Visalia Police Department.

This academy is designed to give interested members of the community an overview of what police work is really like.

Participants receive classroom training that varies from gang education to citation writing. Participants will also observe firsthand SWAT and canine exercises, along with hands-on experience in lifting fingerprints with the use of specialized surveillance equipment. Each member of the class will be invited to ride along with a police officer.

For those interested in being eligible to be a VIPS at the end of the ten weeks, successful completion of the Citizens Police Academy is a mandatory prerequisite. All instruction is conducted in-house by members of the Visalia Police Department.

The Details

In order to participate in the Volunteer in Police Service (VIPS) & Citizens Police Academy, individuals must meet the following criteria:

- Minimum age of 21 years
- Live in Visalia
- No prior felony convictions
- No misdemeanor arrests within one year
- Successfully pass Department of Justice and FBI background
- Commitment to meet service hour requirements

Ready to apply? Applications are available on the city website here or you can pick up a hard copy at 303 S. Johnson St, Visalia 93291.

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