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Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS) Program

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To promote the quality of life in Truckee through a partnership between the community and Police Department.

Apply Online for the Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS) Program!



The Police Volunteer's are an essential part of the Truckee Police Department. All newly appointed Police Volunteers will receive “ON THE JOB TRAINING”.  New volunteers will be issued uniforms and equipment. Once the training starts, new volunteers will go to work side by side with the Police Officers and Volunteers.

Police Volunteers are at all community events that require a police presence and assist with traffic and crowd control. Their duties also include: Emergency Callout, Traffic Surveys, Handicap Parking Enforcement, Stakeouts, Radar/CMS Trailer Deployment, assisting officers at crime scenes and traffic accidents, assisting with boat patrol on Donner Lake, and Vacation Checks. They assisted the Town's Public Works Department in traffic control during the construction of the Highway 80 and 89 Roundabouts. They also participate in special events, such as, Truckee Thursdays, 4th of July festivities, bicycle rodeos and others.

To date the VIP members have contributed over 36,500 hours since the program was created in 2003 and a total of over 2,600 hours in 2018. The estimated cost savings to the Town of Truckee in 2018 is over $84,000.  We presently have 13 dedicated men and women who make up our VIP program. They come on a minute's notice to assist our department in times of emergency.  They often call in when they hear of an emergency and ask how can they help.  The Truckee Police Department is extremely proud of the VIPS program and if you would like more information, please contact our department and see how you can become a Truckee Police Volunteer.


As a TPD Volunteer you will work with the officers and other volunteers. You will be using your previous skills, experience and on the job training received from experienced TPD Volunteers and the TPD Officers. In the position, you will assist the department in a variety of assignments and projects that are of importance to the department and the Town of Truckee and the Truckee community at large.

 VIP Car


The selection process shall consist of an oral interview with the Volunteer Coordinator. The Volunteer Program will be explained in detail and the applicant will have the chance to decide whether to participate.

Completion of a Personal History Statement is required. The statement will request information concerning relatives, references, education, experience, employment history, military service (if any), financial, and DMV history. All volunteers must successfully pass a background investigation. A confidential report will be prepared and delivered to the TPD Chief of Police. The final authority in deciding to appoint a candidate to the position of police volunteer shall rest with the Chief of Police.


Newly appointed police volunteers will be required to attend a presentation covering an overview of the department’s function and operational procedures, presented by TPD Management.

Also, appointees are expected to attend monthly meeting/training sessions. New Volunteers will receive “ON THE JOB TRAINING” from Police Officers and experienced Volunteers on department operations, traffic control, programming of cms/radar trailers, towing equipment, and many other interesting projects.


Please complete the online application form.  Email policedepartment@townoftruckee.comfor more information.



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