Volunteers In Police Service (VIPS)

As a volunteer for the Ukiah Police Department you will soon realize many responsibilities which accompany working within a police agency. Sworn personnel, civilian staff members, and police volunteers all must work together to uphold the high standards of the police profession. By doing so, our Department will continue to maintain its reputation of competence, credibility, and trust among the community. As a volunteer for the Department you will have the opportunity to contribute to the overall quality of service to our community.

Volunteers will:

  • Become Crime Prevention Ambassadors working with businesses or residential areas to provide crime prevention information to the public and help contribute to increased law enforcement visibility
  • Provide extra eyes and ears to the department and recognize and report suspicious activity to the department.
  • Assist the department during special events providing law enforcement presence.
  • Perform administrative duties throughout the department.

Individuals wishing to volunteer must submit an application, go through an interview process, pass a background investigation and medical screening process. Please see our Volunteer Application Process page for further information regarding qualifications and the application process. Applications can be picked up at the City of Ukiah Police Department, 300 Seminary Ave., Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

The appointed Volunteers will receive on the job training and work side by side with Officers and Volunteers as they learn the job.