Volunteers in Police Service

Origin of the Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) Program

President George W. Bush created USA Freedom Corps (USAFC) to build on the countless acts of service, sacrifice, and generosity that followed September 11.

When he announced USAFC in his 2002 State of the Union address, he called on all Americans to serve a cause greater than themselves.

Citizen Corps partner programs build on the successful efforts in place in many communities around the country to prevent crime and respond to emergencies.

Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) is one of five Citizen Corps partner programs.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) manages and implements the VIPS Program in partnership with, and on behalf of, the White House Office of the USA Freedom Corps and the Bureau of Justice AssistanceOffice of Justice Programs, and US Department of Justice.

    The Lisbon Police VIPS was established through a Weed and Seed grant. Currently the program consists of the following:

    • Bruce Coffin - Volunteer
    • Dot Galgovitch - Volunteer

    The members of the Lisbon Police Department and the citizens of Lisbon are very proud that our VIPS members were awarded a Certificate of Recognition by the United Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross for their work with the Citizen Outreach Program in 2009. 

    The Citizen Outreach Program was developed in collaboration with Seniors Plus and Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice. To learn more about the program check out the Services link on the menu. 

    Bruce Coffin is also active as an associate with the Lisbon Police Explorer Post 4250. Check out the Explorer tab on the menu to learn more about the Explorer program.

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