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Helping victims of crime, Volunteers in Policing (VIPs)

6 March 2018

The Queensland Police Service South Brisbane District Volunteers in Policing (VIPs) Program has been nominated for the Queensland Volunteering Awards for its positive impact on the community.

The program assists the Queensland Police in the implementation of crime prevention strategies. VIPs play a very important role liaising with the community and helping people feel safe.

Volunteers support major investigations, assist victims of crime and missing persons, conduct home security assessments and property identification, offer referrals to other agencies, provide administrative support and help specific groups including the Water Police and Neighbourhood Watch. VIPs regularly provide presentations on subjects such as scams, protecting yourself online, home security, identity theft, and card fraud.

Their information and skills helps empower people and boost their confidence. Most importantly they provide an opportunity for people to talk and an ear to listen to when a victim needs it most.

The tasks they undertake complement rather than compete with the roles and responsibilities of paid police officers and staff members.

The South Brisbane District VIPs Program has 57 volunteers who have provided 13,220 hours.

The VIPs operate within a structured system with its own goals and individual policies, guidelines and operational procedures.

Training provides the VIPs with the knowledge of how to engage with community members and also guide them to change their own habits, and the habits of family and friends. The volunteers gain great pleasure in passing on personal security and safety knowledge to community members.

The VIPs have working relationships with many community groups that represent over 200 different cultural backgrounds. Included in these are the Aboriginal, Asian, Indian, Islamic Faith Muslim, Pacific Islands and Sudanese communities.

CEO of Volunteering Queensland, Mara Basanovic, said the Volunteering Awards acknowledge the extraordinary and valuable work done every day by hundreds of thousands of volunteers and volunteer organisations across the state.

“These prestigious awards highlight and pay tribute to the caring individuals who inspire and epitomise the spirit of volunteerism through their compassion, commitment and hard work. The positive impact they contribute strengthens and connects their communities.”

“The awards also promote the enormous value and vital contribution of volunteering to the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of Queensland.”

Award recipients will be announced at a ceremony during National Volunteer Week, which runs from 21 - 27 May 2017.

Do you know a deserving volunteer, program or organisation that has greatly helped the community?

Nominate today at volunteeringqld.org.au/awards. Nominations close Tuesday 3 April 2018.


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