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Volunteers in Police Service – VIPS

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Denton County Sheriff Will Travis
Denton County Sheriff Will Travis

by Will Travis
Denton County Sheriff

Here at the Denton County Sheriff’s Office, we strive to be a community-based organization at all times, and I would like to invite you to become a part of this endeavor.

We’re starting a new program to increase our ability to get involved in the community. The Volunteers in Police Services Program is committed to developing a spirit of cooperation and partnership within the community to enhance the DCSO’s ability to serve citizens of Denton County.

In addition, our VIPS program is designed to give our volunteers a sense of personal satisfaction as they perform meaningful and important roles that directly affect our community. The Volunteers in Police Service program, or VIPS, is part of a national Volunteer in Police Service Organization. The goal of the program is to give the volunteers a chance to give back to their community.

Community volunteers have a direct effect on the community by helping the sheriff’s office make Denton County a better place to live while enjoying a sense of personal satisfaction.

Where can you help your community?

  • Community events
  • School events
  • Juvenile Impact Program
  • Translation services
  • Fingerprinting services

Crime prevention support Volunteer benefits?

  • Helping others
  • Community involvement
  • Meeting new and interesting people

Personal satisfaction Reasons to be a VIP?

  • Participate in purpose driven programs that benefit your community
  • Develop valuable relationships with other volunteers, your county and your sheriff’s office
  • Exercise your special skills, talents and experience in a new venue
  • Support your sheriff’s department employees by performing duties that enable them to concentrate on public service

What are the minimum requirements to volunteer?

  • Live or work within Denton County
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Successfully pass a background investigation
  • Have no felony or serious misdemeanor convictions
  • Interview
  • Minimum eight hours a month time commitment

Volunteers are selected to ensure a broad community representation.

How do I get started? For more information on volunteering or for an application, contact Deputy Penny Campbell at penny.campbell@dentoncounty.com or Deputy Bob Hargenrater at bob.hargenrater@dentoncounty.com or call 940-349-1549.

You may also download an application by going to dentoncounty.com/Departments/Sheriff.aspx and click on Volunteer Law Enforcement Opportunities.

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