As promised last week, here is a short description of some of the activities I’ve participated in as a Volunteer in Policing (VIP.)
Lovepacs are boxes of non-perishable food, which are delivered to households of school age children who qualified for free or reduced cost lunches at school.
I spent several hours delivering these Lovepacs.
Crime Scene Actor
I assisted with a training activity for the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) of the police department.
In this activity, we created a simulated crime scene to which the CID detectives responded and investigated.
Two volunteers filled the roles as suspects while another volunteer and I played the roles of the responding officers.
We were told to make some “rookie” mistakes, which complicated the investigation.
One of our “mistakes” was that we allowed our two suspects take their purses from the crime scene.
This meant that the detectives would need a search warrant to search their purses.
If we had required them to leave their purses at the crime scene they could have been searched as part of the crime scene search.
SWAT Team Training Actor
I also participated as an “actor” in some training for our Strategic Response Team (SRT) also known as the SWAT team.
I played an innocent bystander / hostage in several scenarios.
Explorer Active Shooter Actor
The Colony Police Department sponsors an explorer post.
The explorer post had some active shooter training very similar to the SRT training.
In this case I participated as both a hostage and a shooter.
Citizen Patrol is probably the most visible activity of the police volunteers.
We have two retired patrol cars, which have been re-configured as Citizen Patrol cars.
These cars still have lights and sirens but the lights do not include any red lights.
Also the Plexiglas separating the front and back seats has been removed.
We patrol in two (or more) person crews.
Before riding as a passenger we had to attend training on the basic procedures of patrolling and operation of the vehicles.
A total of 60 hours of training was required before being certified as a driver and trainer.
Approximately half of these hours were as a passenger and the other half driver under the supervision of a trainer.
The police department provides school crossing guards in The Colony.
As school began this year, we were short several crossing guards.
When there is no crossing guard available a police officer is usually taken off patrol to fill the position.
Several volunteers including myself have assisted in filling in for those missing crossing guards.
We haven’t been able to fill all the positions but each position we filled meant that it was not necessary to use an officer.
Each time an officer is used as a crossing guard, he/she is either taken from another duty such as patrolling or is being paid overtime