The mission of the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) Volunteer in Police Services (VIPS) program is to effectively organize and utilize civilian volunteers who wish to assist the department through various activities that provide essential, year-round support to the LMPD personnel.
The vision of the LMPD VIPS program is to combine the energy, creativity, and experience of community members with the department's expertise to create a mutually beneficial working relationship that allows the LMPD to deliver effective services to our community.
The Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) program was established in 1999. It has been a huge success and continues to grow. Our many volunteers have assisted the department in numerous avenues throughout the years, including at neighborhood events, special events, (Derby, etc.), advisory boards and as chaplains for the department.
As a volunteer with the LMPD, there are vast opportunities for service. We work with each volunteer to help find the right fit regarding time commitment, special qualifications and individual volunteer goals. You can commit to one, or more than one, of the opportunities listed below. If you feel you have a valuable services to offer that is not listed, we want to know that too.
- Special Events - Volunteers are asked to help the LMPD at various events throughout the year. The volunteer represents the LMPD at these events by answering questions and providing resources to the citizens.
- Division Advisory Board - As a member of a LMPD Division Advisory Board, you assist that division with its needs. View the Patrol Divisions page.
- Chaplain - A LMPD Chaplain assists the department personnel in handling a variety of crisis situations and provides our citizens with service in time of personal crisis or tragedy. This volunteer position has limited openings.
- Administrative Assistance - Volunteers assist office staff with various clerical duties: filing, typing, copying, stuffing envelopes and answering phones.
- Neighborhood Watch Captain - The Neighborhood Watch Captain coordinates the Neighborhood Watch Program within the neighborhood. Neighborhood watches empower our citizens to work together to help reduce crime as well as watch for and report unusual activity around residences and businesses. To find out more, please email LMPD Neighborhood Watch.
To become a VIPS member, you must first attend and graduate from the Citizens Police Academy. Please click here for more information.
If you wish to become a volunteer with the LMPD, you have 2 options to apply.
You can either:
- mail all the forms to VIPS Program Coordinator (address: 2900 West Broadway, Suite 300, Louisville, KY 40211)
- Paper form - VIPS Registration Form
- submit electronically using the link below:
- VIPS Application
All applicants will be subjected to a background check and submission of this application implies consent to a background check.
If you would like more information about the VIPS program, please contact LMPD Volunteers.