Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS)

The primary function of volunteers is to contribute to the overall mission of the Springfield Police Department by augmenting the existing personnel resources.  Depending on the level of training and experience, VIPS may perform a variety of duties that include, but are not limited to:

  • School and neighborhood events
  • Crime prevention and safety events
  • Office and Records section activities
  • Police Department administrative support
  • Internships
  • H.E.A.T. (Handicapped Enforcement Action Team)
  • The Springfield Chaplains Association
  • The Police Cadet Program
  • M.A.P.S. (Motorists Assist Program)

Volunteers, in any capacity, are not sworn officers and have no arrest powers or legal authority. Being involved as a Volunteer at the Springfield Police Department allows you to help others, being involved with the community, exploring a new career, and civic pride. 

VIPS Requirements

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

If you would like to volunteer at the Springfield Police Department, please fill out this Volunteer application


  1. Young, Greg

    Officer Greg Young

    Volunteer Coordinator
    Phone: 417-864-1351