We are committed to finding quality volunteers who will enhance the work of the Police Department. We believe that a volunteer workforce will strengthen community relations and build strong partnerships.
You must be at least 18 years old. In some cases you must be 21.
You must pass a criminal background check.
You must complete the Citizen’s Police Academy within two years of completing initial volunteer training.
VIPS Assignments & Responsibilities
Code Enforcement - Checking code violations and complaints received from the citizens of Austin
COPS (Citizens on Patrol) - Patrolling your own neighborhood and reporting suspicious activity
Disabled Parking – Writing citations to violators of the disabled parking laws
Immigrant Outreach - Assisting with outreach events and safety fairs
Role Plays - Assisting the Austin Police Training Academy with role-play scenarios to help train the officers and cadets
Search and Rescue - Assisting several units in finding missing persons, evidence and clues
Unit Volunteers - Participating as a part of an APD unit
General Volunteers - Assisting with any special event, such as VIN etching events or conferences
The VIPS program is part of the City of Austin network of volunteers. In order to coordinate efforts and to provide information on our website, opportunities listed are for all city departments. Please select the COA Police Department – Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) to view APD opportunities.
If one of these opportunities interests you, please complete the Volunteer Application Form. Upon completion, your application will be delivered to the appropriate coordinator. Please allow 2-3 business days for a response.