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We need you and have opportunities waiting! 

Volunteers are a vital part of the Ottawa Police Department Family! Serving side-by-side with the officers and paid staff, the men and women of VIPs actively give back to the Ottawa community, enjoy personally fulfilling experiences and perform vital functions in the department.


VIPs work in the municipal court, police administrative office, other temporary assignments, and various community events. They perform services such as receptionist, data entry, fingerprinting job applicants, and other administrative duties.

Community Service Programs for VIPs include: McGruff The Crime Dog, Identa Kid, DARE Camp, Parades, Traffic Control, conducting surveys for various City agencies, roadway surveys, traffic safety monitoring, and more.


Members of VIPS donate 1200 - 2500 hours per year.


If you or someone you know has extra time they would like to devote as a member of VIPS, please contact Ron Hughes, Volunteer Coordinator, at (785) 242-2561 or by e-mail at


We perform background checks on VIP applicants before adding them to a program.

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