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( Below is a brief description and Mission Statement about the V.I.P. Program. )
SAN ANTONIO POLICE DEPARTMENT
The San Antonio Volunteer in Policing (VIP) began as a formal "program" in 1997 with only 12 volunteers that were recruited from the San Antonio Police Departments Citizens Police Academy Alumni. By the end of 2013 there are now over 500 V.I.P.s working in a wide variety of SAPD activities.
MISSION STATEMENT AND HISTORY
Volunteers in Policing (VIP) is a program that provides an opportunity for San Antonio citizens to become involved with and to assist the San Antonio Police Department through volunteer activities. This program, which operates in many law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S., recruits average citizens to perform a variety of tasks within the City of San Antonio to support the efforts of sworn and civilian personnel. VIP volunteers perform a wide variety of services within SAPD, including assisting in Warrant Drives (calling persons with Municipal Court warrants), fingerprinting children for parents, surveillance of parking lots (to identify vehicle-related crimes), patrolling and issuing handicap parking citations to violators thru the Public Safety Team, Helping victims thru the Family Assistance Crisis Teams (FACT) program, monitor graffiti cameras thru the SAGE program for criminal activity, and clerical assistance in most if not all of the SAPD offices. All of these duties require a rigid approval and background process.
555 Academic Dr., P.O. Box 839948Tel: 210-207-7386
San Antonio, TX 78204-2455