Citizen's Helping in Police Services (C.H.I.P.S.)
Sgt. Mark Weber
The Kennewick Police Department volunteer program started in 1994 with 24 volunteers whose sole mission was to provide support to the police department. Citizens Helping in Police Services (C.H.I.P.S.) was selected as the name and granted non-profit status in 2001. The program, as of December 2012, has 38 volunteers. During 2012 these volunteers contributed 8,700 hours to the mission of the Kennewick Police Department.
C.H.I.P.S. is committed to enhancing the mission of the Kennewick Police Department by:
Being a resource to assist department personnel when needed;
Supporting each other and fostering development of the volunteer program;
Collaborating with the City of Kennewick in "Building a Better Community";
Educating and servicing the community.
Prior to acceptance into the volunteer program with the Kennewick Police, a citizen must complete the annual citizens Academy. The Academy is a 5- week Citizen/Volunteer Academy providing an overview of the Kennewick Police Department's operations and functions. In addition to completion of the Academy, volunteers are required to pass a background check. Classes meet twice a week for two hours a night. Initial training is supplemented with monthly meetings and task specific training for those who become a volunteer with the Kennewick Police Department.
C.H.I.P.S. have had a significant and positive impact on the community due to the services that they provide. They meet monthly at the Police Department as a means for training and for guest speakers. Activities that they are involved in are listed below.
Handicap Parking Enforcement - Volunteers performing this task are required to have a limited commission issued by the Chief of Police, allowing them to write Handicap Parking Notice of Infractions.
Abandoned Vehicle Tagging- Volunteers tag vehicles that have been identified on the Abandoned Vehicle Notification Form completed by police personnel. Vehicles are tagged and registered owners are contacted.
Radar Reader Board Deployment- Volunteers regularly deploy the radar reader board in specified areas of the City, mainly in school zones.
Water Storage Security - Volunteers assist the City's water department in maintaining security of all city water storage and pumping facilities.
Vehicle Maintenance - Volunteers shuttle vehicles in need of maintenance, including delivery and pickup at the City Shops as well as the car wash. They also re-supply equipment that is assigned to patrol and detective vehicles as the need arises.
Fingerprint Services - Volunteers provided assistance in fingerprinting children at special events designed to promote child safety in the community.
Office and Administrative Support - Volunteers provide support as needed, such as helping in the Crime Prevention office and with officers who monitor and report on sex offenders in Kennewick. Other assignments include assistance in records and filing at the City Attorney’s office, which prosecutes misdemeanor cases for the police department, and other special projects as they arise.
Mail Runs - Volunteers provide daily mail delivery to and from various locations: The Benton County Justice Center, South East Communication Center (SECOMM), City Hall, the Juvenile Justice Center as needed, and the City of Kennewick Municipal Services building.
Special Events- Volunteers provide support to Police Officers and the public at the Benton County Fair, Boat Races, Community Parades, Health & Safety Expo, New Years Eve, Halloween Events, Food Drives, Memorial Services, School Sports Program, and Child Safety Seat Fittings. Volunteers also provide Office and Administrative Support to the Department in the form of Data Entry, Secretarial Support, Fingerprinting, Crime Prevention, Crime Resistant Community Living, Support and Special Projects.
If you are interested in becoming part of the CHIPS program contact us.