Citizen Volunteers in Policing (CVIPS)

  • Citizens making a positive difference in our community

    About the CVIP program

    Gresham’s Citizen Volunteers in Policing (CVIP) are the eyes and ears of the Police Department and create a visible presence in our parks, trails, residential areas and commerce centers. 

    The CVIP program is currently accepting applications online or at the police department's Information and Records window until April 26 at 5:00 pm. Completed forms may be mailed to the police department or dropped off at the departments front desk.

    Volunteers do not carry weapons, confront suspects, or participate in altercations; they observe and report. 

    In addition, CVIPs: 

    • Deliver food boxes.
    • Participate in community events.
    • Report graffiti.
    • Patrol along City trails using a Gator mobile.
    • Issue handicapped parking citations.
    • Deploy the speed radar trailer.
    • Assist with curfew sweeps.
    • Initiate patrols of residential areas, parks, school grounds and commercial areas.

    Volunteer criteria

    • Must be 21 years of age and older
    • Must live or own a business within the city limits of Gresham
    • Must pass a DMV and criminal background check

    In addition, an appointment to the program requires attendance at an orientation meeting, followed by an interview with the City's Chief of Police.

    More information

    If you have questions about the CVIP program please contact Sgt. Mike Amend at 503-618-2894 or Mike.Amend@GreshamOregon.gov.