Volunteers in Police Service

vips-logo.jpegAfter the tragedy of September 11th, President George Bush 'called upon all Americans to serve a cause greater than themselves.' From the countless acts of heroism, generosity and sacrifice witnessed during and after 9-11, USA Freedom Corps was created. To support the mission and goals of the USA Freedom Corps the Citizen Corps was created. Citizen Corps was created to help coordinate volunteer activities to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to any emergency situation. It provides opportunities for people to participate in a range of measures to make their families, their homes, and their communities safer from threats of crime, terrorism, and disasters of all kinds. Volunteers in Police Service is a partner of Citizen Corps.

In South Portland, there are many concerned citizens who want to make a difference in the community. They are answering the call to provide service to others, through volunteering. Some of these citizens are drawn to law enforcement. They recognize specific needs within the community and want to work alongside the brave men and women of the South Portland Police Department to help make South Portland a safe place for people to work and live.

The South Portland VIPS perform non-law enforcement duties that support and assist the Officers and improve the quality of life for its citizens. South Portland VIPS are an essential component of the South Portland Police Department and shares its commitment to the community.


Some of the duties performed by the VIPS are:

  • Beach patrol – providing information on pertinent City Ordinances to those using Willard Beach
  • Community Outreach – providing support at community events and programs
  • Parking and Traffic Control
  • Administrative Support – Assisting in non-confidential clerical work such as filing and paperwork.
  • Police Department Information Person: Provides coverage at the front desk to assist citizens.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are a resident of South Portland and are interested in giving back to the community, then the South Portland VIPS program may be just for you!

Requirements and Selection

  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Ability to contribute a minimum of 8 hours per month
  • Successfully complete an interview and background investigation
  • Complete required Orientation and Training

For more information please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Detective Phil Longanecker  207-799-5511 ext. 7413

Brochures can be printed from this website. If interested, please print and fill one out and then mail it to Detective Phil Longanecker 30 Anthoine St. South Portland, Maine 04106.

Click Here to download Brochure

To schedule an event requesting the assistance of the VIPS Volunteers, click on the link below, print the form, complete the form, and return to Detective Phil Longanecker

Click Here to download the VIPS Request Form