Volunteers In Policing

The Volunteers in Policing (VIP) program acknowledges and facilitates the important contribution of volunteers to the delivery of police services to the community and the efforts they make to ensure a safer place to live.

When citizens who receive police services are helping design, prioritize, and even deliver those services, a closer connection is made between the Police Department and the public. This is what community policing is all about.

We recruit a wide-range of volunteers including students, retirees, employed people, and citizen police academy graduates.

We actively engage in efforts to increase cultural diversity within the department. We especially encourage women, minorities, senior citizens and young adults to consider applying for volunteer assignments.

Volunteers In Policing provides specialized training for all volunteers. No experience is necessary. Applications can also be obtained at the Poteet Police Department or visit our Application Form online.  For more Information about our program contact: 830 - 742 - 8123 or email: roldham@poteettexas.gov.

Click here to review the Poteet VIP Policy.

Volunteer opportunities include the following:

  • Patrol Watch: Patrol city streets in VIP patrol vehicle to assist Poteet PD and the public.
  • Training Support Team: Assist law enforcement agencies during training exercises by acting as suspects, victims or witnesses in training scenarios.
  • Hospitality Team: Assist with community policing events by making or purchasing refreshments, setting up tables and chairs, handing out programs, etc. Hospitality Team members may also help with sending thank you cards, balloons, flowers etc as appropriate.
  • Youth Services Team: Assist with programs and projects involving youth.
  • Watch Team: Assist with the Neighborhood Watch, Business Watch; assist with meetings, gathering business contact information, disseminating information via email, social media, newsletter, etc.
  • CERT (Community Emergency Response Team): Provide assistance in the event of a disaster or for searches for missing persons or evidence. CERT Team may be called out to respond in a community-wide emergency or for a local or natural disaster.
  • Administrative Support Team: Assist with filing, paperwork, phone calls, Newsletters, social media updates etc.
  • Graffiti Abatement Team:  Document and remove/paint over graffiti on buildings, bridges etc (work with owner of property).