What do Volunteers in Policing do?

Volunteers in Policing (ViPs) are based in local police establishments where they work with police to address customer service, community safety and crime prevention needs in the community. The range of tasks they undertake complement rather than compete with the roles and responsibilities of paid police officers and staff members. Some of these tasks include:
  • Providing support to and assisting victims of crime
  • Offering referrals to other agencies
  • Liaising with community groups and participating in community-based activities
  • Conducting home security assessments and property identification
  • Managing key holders index for businesses
  • Participating in crime prevention initiatives
  • Assisting police with customer service
  • Assisting with school-based crime prevention projects

Why volunteer?

Volunteering your time as a ViP offers you the opportunity to:

  • Help police officers reduce crime and enhance community safety
  • Gain personal satisfaction and sense of pride that comes from doing something worthwhile for your community
  • Use your existing knowledge to help others and gain valuable new skills
  • Meet new people, make new friends and get to know your local community
  • Gain valuable work experience and improve your employment prospects 

What are the criteria for the ViP Program?​

ViPs must meet the following criteria to pass through to the selection phase of the program:
  • Be 18 years and over
  • Willing to participate in a mandatory training program
  • Agree to the Queensland Police Service conducting a criminal history check
  • Prepared to participate in the ViP Program for at least 12 months
  • Committed to working the number of volunteer hours as negotiated with the Queensland Police Service