There is always something to do at the Bridgeport Police Department. Whether you use your administrative skills, speaking skills, your love of children, or just having fun, you can serve your community through the VIPS program. See the list below for some of the exciting opportunities to get involved with the Bridgeport Police Department.
As a volunteer, you perform neighborhood patrols, tag abandoned vehicles, handicapped parking violators, direct traffic, and many other special tasks. You will wear a distinctive uniform and drive a specially marked vehicle, complete with police radio. Special training is provided for this exciting volunteer position.
The Police Department sponsors many community-wide special events each year and they need your help. Critical projects are also supported by Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) such as the Scottish Festival, 5k's, and many other important activities. Greet people, hand out literature, and answer questions. Help is needed in all areas of community events!
Positions such as statistical data entry (burglary crimes, crime scene data, program updates), fingerprinting, microfilming, filing and more. Additional training will be provided as necessary. Assist administrative staff in various tasks such as filing, data entry, phone answering, miscellaneous clerical duties.
Emergency Services Division:
Emergency Services: Disaster Operations & Community Preparedness
As a VIPS volunteer, you can help establish disaster preparedness within our community, by educating your neighbors on what to do if a disaster strikes our area, i.e. severe weather events causing lengthy power outages. You will be able to educate families on disaster supplies needed to protect themselves and support the Bridgeport public safety departments.
Bridgeport's Emergency Operation Plan (EOP) will go into effect and the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will come alive at City Hall when deemed necessary by the Emergency Services Director. Be part of a team that would assist the City to operate efficiently should a major disaster strike Bridgeport.
Bridgeport Citizens Police Academy
The Bridgeport Police Department will be presenting a 12-week Citizens Police Academy starting in May and will be every Thursday until July. The first seven weeks are open to any persons interested in certain topics. Upon graduation from the Citizens Police Academy, persons will have the opportunity to join the VIPS program.
A VIPS applicant must:
Applicants will be in probationary status until completion of three (3) months satisfactory service following completion of the Academy Training Program. During this period they will be paired with a qualified VIPS for a minimum of four (4) patrols. Volunteers are expected to actively participate through various duties and attendance at the monthly meetings.
Persons interested in attending the entire Citizens Police Academy, please complete the VIPS Application Form and either email it to Officer C.B. Sayers or bring it to the Bridgeport Police Department at 515 W. Main Street, Bridgeport. If you have further questions about the VIPS program or the Citizens Police Academy, contact Officers Sayers and Hamrick via email or at 304-842-8260.