The Speedway Police Department has established a Volunteers in Policing (V.I.P.) program, consisting of a tiered system of volunteer duties and responsibilities, increasing as volunteers choose to progress through the program.
The V.I.P. Program is a nationally-recognized program of volunteerism sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). The Speedway Police Department will model its program based on the philosophy and policies of the successful IACP programs already established in departments across the United States. With the strong ties to the community of Speedway that already exists, the Speedway Police Department is confident this too will be a successful venture in strengthening the police-community partnership.
The first class of nine Tier 2 volunteers graduated on Thursday, August 6, 2015, with a ceremony at Speedway Town Hall. Police Chief Jim Campbell spoke about the importance of the department’s community policing programs, including Neighborhood Watch, the Citizens Academy, and the newest program, Volunteers in Policing (V.I.P.). These programs strengthen the community through building positive relationships between residents and police, working together to solve community concerns and problems. Chief Campbell expressed his and the department’s appreciation to the volunteers (and their families) for their time and dedication to the department and the Town of Speedway.
Capt. Jason Dierdorff handed out diplomas and Lt. Sam Alexander and Sgt. Joe Killion (supervisors of the V.I.P. program) along with Chief Campbell and Assistant Chief Upchurch, congratulated each graduate on their completion of the program.
V.I.P.s will begin to assist SPD at various events around town very soon. For more information on the Speedway Volunteers in Policing program, click the link.
Graduation Photos (more to be added)
L to R: SPD Reserve Sgt. Joseph Killion; VIP Tier 2 Graduates: Dennis Elmore, Dana Taylor, Mike Uhrick, Becky Kilgore, Rosa Jones, Jennifer Bremer, Jayme Gehringer, Emmanuel Merchiers, Chris Pope; SPD Lt. Sam Alexander