The Chandler Police Department has been awarded the 2013 Outstanding Achievement in Law Enforcement Volunteer Programs by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and Wilmington University. This annual award recognizes volunteer programs that demonstrate innovative, effective practices for augmenting sworn or civilian staff and improving service delivery to their communities. Chandler was one of only two police departments nationwide to receive this prestigious honor.
Community members have been volunteering at the Chandler Police Department since 1992, and the Department’s Volunteers in Policing Services (VIPS) was officially established in 1994. VIPS assist sworn and civilian employees in 19 different units within the Department. In 2012 alone, more than 60 VIPS logged over 14,152 service hours. This equates to approximately $308,000 in labor savings.
The key to the success of Chandler’s VIP program is the spirit of our volunteers. We are all very proud of our volunteers and deeply appreciate the service hours they donate to the organization. The Department will be presented with this award at the Annual IACP National Conference in Philadelphia on October 20, 2013.
For more information, please contact Detective Seth Tyler at (480) 782-4105.