Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS)

Making Communities Safer

In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, Citizen Corps was created to help coordinate volunteer activities to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to any emergency situation. 

Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) is a Citizen Corps partner program in place in many communities around America, with the goal of assisting law enforcement officers in preventing crime and responding to emergencies.

VIPS Mission

Enhance public safety through citizen involvement in Wahkiakum County.

VIPS Goals

Promote emergency preparedness; promote crime prevention; and assist the Sheriff's Office as needed in other tasks.

Current Activities

  • Assist in local emergencies
  • Assist with crowd control during large events
  • Promote community education on crime prevention and emergency preparedness 
  • Provide parking patrol in downtown Cathlamet
  • Provide the Sheriff's Office with extra sets of eyes and ears in the community
  • Sponsor annual NNO events
  • Assist communities in developing Neighborhood Watch Programs


If you are interested in becoming a VIPS member please contact Beau Renfro at 360-795-3242, 360-465-2202 or via email. You may also download an Application (PDF) or review our Brochure (PDF).