The Volunteers In Policing (VIP) program allows for residents to become more closely involved with the police by volunteering their time at the Police Department. The volunteers enter a non-sworn position intended to supplement and support the Police Department and the City of Crystal Lake. Some of the duties of a VIP are parking enforcement, assisting the Records Unit with clerical work, and assisting the Patrol Unit with nonhazardous calls such as a disabled vehicle, vehicle lockouts and traffic control.
Volunteers can be an important part of any organization and are proven to be a valuable asset to law enforcement agencies. Volunteers help to increase police responsiveness, service delivery, information input, and provide new program opportunities. In addition, volunteers can bring enthusiasm, new skills and expertise to the job. It is the policy of this Police Department to use qualified volunteers for specified tasks and duties that can create efficiencies for the Department and improve services to the community. Volunteers are intended to supplement and support, rather than replace, sworn officers and civilian personnel.