The San Antonio Volunteers in Policing (VIP) began as a formal "program" in 1997 with only 12 volunteers that were recruited from the San Antonio Police Departments Citizens Police Academy Alumni. By the end of 2008 there were over 500 V.I.P.s working in a wide variety of SAPD activities.
The VIP program provides an opportunity for San Antonio citizens to become involved with and to assist the San Antonio Police Department through volunteer activities. This program, which operates in many law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S., recruits average citizens to perform a variety of tasks within the City of San Antonio to support the efforts of sworn and civilian personnel. VIP volunteers perform a wide variety of services within SAPD, including assisting in Warrant Drives (calling persons with Municipal Court warrants), fingerprinting children for parents, surveillance of parking lots (to identify vehicle-related crimes), patrolling and issuing handicap parking citations to violators thru the Public Safety Team, Helping victims thru the Family Assistance Crisis Teams (FACT) program, monitor graffiti cameras thru the SAGE program for criminal activity, and clerical assistance in most if not all of the SAPD offices.
Welcome to the Photo Album website for the SAPD Volunteers in Policing. We have several organizations that are involved in a variety of volunteer work for the San Antonio Police Department. We invite you to check back often to see what is new.