Volunteers in Police Service

vips-logo.jpegThe Volunteers in Police Service are a group of highly trained and motivated citizens dedicated to exemplary community service and public awareness through the South Portland Police Department.  They assist the department in the support services, patrol and detective divisions.  Their countless donated hours make South Portland a better place to work, live and play.  Volunteers are not utilized to replace sworn officers, or other paid positions, but rather to enhance the overall efficiency of the agency.  Their efforts help reduce crime and increase the services the the police department can provide to the community. 


Some of the duties performed by the VIPS are:

  • Citizen Patrol, performing seasonal and vacation property checks
  • Assist Patrol with traffic control at local parades
  • Child Safety Seat Installation and Checks
  • Child Identification Programs
  • Assist with Community Events, such as National Night Out, The Yellow Dot Program, Community Drug Take Back, Tip A Cop - Special Olympics, Fueling Dreams - Special Olympics, Public Safety Open Houses, Brick Hill Community Breakfast and more
  • Assist Court Officers with administrative tasks
  • Staff the Lobby Desk and assist the public as needed

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.

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