Volunteer Opportunities VIPS

The Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) program provides volunteer support staff to aid sworn and civilian personnel in the effective delivery of services to the community. Volunteers supplement existing Police Department services, freeing paid employees to perform their necessary duties.

Citizens who are interested in volunteering should first sign up to attend the next Citizens’ Police Academy. The Midlothian Police Department offers two Citizens' Police Academy classes per year, and citizens can submit an application to be on the waiting list.

The Midlothian Police Department’s VIPS Program offers several areas where volunteers may assist including the following: 

Chaplain / Crisis Responder
Citizens from the faith community serve as Police Chaplains, Victim Chaplains, and Crisis Responders to provide services to victims of crime, disaster, and terrorism.

Explorer Assistant Advisor
Volunteers assist the sworn Explorer Advisor to plan and implement activities and training for youth members in the Midlothian Police Explorers Program. Volunteers attend weekly Explorer meetings, conduct training and community service activities and assist at special events.

Lobby Host
Volunteers welcome visitors, greeting them as they enter the main lobby of the Public Safety Building, and escorting and directing them to areas of the building.

General Clerical Assistant
Volunteers perform a variety of clerical and general service tasks assisting police support personnel in routine duties. Volunteers are assigned to any division within the Police Department in need of assistance.

Victim Services
Volunteers work with Victim Services staff to assist with data entry, organizing donations for victims, and community outreach at special events. Volunteers also assist the Victim Services Coordinator in assessing grant-required data that will assist the Victim Services Program in evaluating and improving services to victims of crime.


  • Must not have received more than two moving traffic violations or had two preventable accidents, or any combination, in the past 18 months or four in the past 36 months.
  • Must be of good character.
  • Must not have any mental or physical condition likely to interfere with safe performance of duties.
  • Must pass a drug test.
  • Must successfully complete the application, background, and training process.
  • Must be honest, truthful, and trustworthy and possess a high degree of personal integrity.
  • Ability to write clear, concise, and complete departmental reports.
  • Ability to communicate with the public and other agencies in a professional and courteous manner.
  • Must possess good judgment, common sense and make competent decisions under stressful conditions.
  • Must be able to handle sensitive and confidential information.
  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the position.

For more information about our volunteer programs: Contact Larry Atchley at 972-775-7651