Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS)
Graduates of the Mansfield Citizen Police Academy have the opportunity to sign up with the Volunteers in Police Service Program (VIPS). The VIPS program allows volunteers to work closely with the Mansfield Police and experience the inner workings of the department while serving the community.
Areas Where VIPS Volunteer
- Animal Control
- Auto Theft Task Force
- Community Resources
- Criminal Investigation Division
- Special Events
Citizens on Patrol (COP)
Citizen on Patrol volunteers conduct regularly-scheduled patrols within the city to watch out for suspicious activities and crimes in progress, aid stranded motorists and generally provide an increased level of comfort for those who see patrol on the streets.
COP volunteers wear distinctive uniforms and drive designated patrol vehicles. COP volunteers conduct routine checks of businesses before, during and after hours to ensure all is well. They report any suspicious activity, focus on areas where there has been an increase in crime and participate in many special events within the community.
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program helps train people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities.
When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.
The CERT course is taught in the community by a trained team of first responders who have completed a CERT Train-the-Trainer course conducted by their state training office for emergency management or FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI). CERT training includes disaster preparedness, disaster fire suppression, basic disaster medical operations and light search and rescue operations.
- All interested applicants must complete the Mansfield Police Department CERT Background packet.
- All members must be at least age 18 and pass an extensive vetting and background process.
The CERT Team receives additional training in first aid, disaster response, search and rescue techniques and much more.
If you are interested in gathering additional information regarding these programs, please contact our Community Resource Division at 817-728-3685.