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Volunteers in Policing (VIP)

The volunteers of the Garland Police Department continue to assist us in our service to the citizens of this city by contributing their time, expertise and commitment to our department. Their willingness to help and their professionalism has truly been an example to all other volunteer groups. We are, once again, grateful for their assistance.

Regular Volunteer Hours 62,457
Intern Volunteer Hours 9,012
Total Hours 71,469
Dollar Value: $1,526,577.80
*Valued at $21.36 per hour by National Independent Sector

VIP Services

Finger Printing
Volunteers offer fingerprinting services Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM off the main lobby of the Police Department. There is a $10.00 fee for one or two cards. No appointment necessary.

Vacation Watch
Uniformed volunteers in a marked Garland Police car check the homes of Garland citizens who are away from home on vacation to insure that no burglar has broken in and taken their possessions. If you would like to have your home placed on the Vacation Watch list, please download the Vacation Watch Request Form. This service is available to any homeowner within the city limits of Garland.

Speed Watch
The speed watch program utilizes volunteers to monitor the speed of vehicles on streets and highways in areas where citizens have reported complaints concerning speeding. Before a Traffic Officer is sent to a selected area for traffic law enforcement, a volunteer performs a speed survey in the area of the complaint. This program requires that the volunteer use a speed radar and a marked Garland Police vehicle to accomplish each survey. The volunteer sets up a digital display board to alert passing motorists of their speed while logging the number of vehicles and the speed of each. This saves officer time and taxpayer dollars. The results of the survey are then reported to the Traffic Unit, and if necessary, a Traffic Officer is assigned to the area for selective enforcement.

Squad Car Maintenance
Volunteers are utilized by the Patrol Division to maintain the safe condition of the Patrol vehicles by checking fluid levels, making sure that lights, brakes, etc. are functioning properly, and transporting the vehicles needing repairs to and from the City garage.

Other Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers also offer their services for data entry, fingerprinting for citizens wishing to apply for passports and concealed handgun permits, fingerprint card filing, making copies of reports for citizens, assisting front desk officers, and answering the telephone. Still others assist with special events and community programs. 

If you are interested in joining the Volunteers In Policing or have a question about any of the VIP programs, call VIP Coordinator Cindy Hale at 972-205-2012. You may also download the Volunteer Application and submit it to Cindy Hale.


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