Post Falls has a wealth of knowledge, talent, and experience within our retired citizen population. The Post Falls Police Department is fortunate to have become the beneficiary of some of that talent.
The Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) program began in 2003 with five volunteers. Currently, over a dozen active volunteers provide an invaluable resource to our community. VIPS have backgrounds in such varied fields as real estate, medical, telemetry, electrical contracting and engineering, machinist, budget and finance, computer technology, and education.
VIPS are engaged in many and varied activities at the police department, which in turn allows the police department to better serve the citizens of Post Falls. They perform such duties as: manning the front desk and phones, duplicating, filing and scanning documents and records, code enforcement issues such as abandoned vehicles, updating business premise contact files, working with our Victim Services unit (VSU), creating and working with computer databases, assisting the evidence custodian, Block Watch, and the You Are Not Alone (YANA) program. In addition, the Volunteers on Patrol (VOP) drive in specially marked police department vehicles, set up the speed trailer, do traffic control, patrol the Centennial Trail on an all-terrain vehicle, and generally function as another set of eyes and ears in the community.
The VIPS program has also added a positive element by placing older citizens in positions within the police department and giving them meaningful assignments, which enhances the police department’s ability to serve the citizens of Post Falls .
The VIPS program continues to grow and expand. Prospective volunteers must apply, be fingerprinted, submit to a polygraph examination and background check, and pass an oral interview. Selected candidates are given approximately 24 hours of orientation and training in various aspects of police work and CPR, followed by on-the-job training. VIPS are required to work a minimum of four hours per week. For further information, download the VIPS recruiting brochure or call Lt. Exley at 773-3517.