Citizens Helping In Police  Services (CHIPS)

CHIPS/Volunteers

The Kennewick Police Department volunteer program started in 1994. C.H.I.P.S. (Citizens Helping in Police Services) 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" 

Prior to acceptance into the volunteer program with the Kennewick Police, a citizen must complete the annual Citizens Academy held each spring. C.H.I.P.S. provides a 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. Tasks are many and varied.  

Police Citizen's Academy

The Kennewick Police Department offers a free 5-week / 10-class Citizen Academy for the public, to be held on Monday and Thursday evenings, 6:00-9:00 pm in the Spring and Fall.  The Academy teaches the public about law enforcement and the day-to-day operations of the department. All classes are held at the police station with the exception of one tour. 

CLASSES WILL INCLUDE:

    Hands-on police training

    Patrol Procedures and Traffic Enforcement

    Detectives and Narcotics

    Evidence Collection and Crime Scene Investigations

    CAT and SWAT Teams

    Firearms

    K-9 and Youth Services

    Tour of Benton County Jail and Coroner’s Office

    Volunteer Program

    Plus more

SPACE IS LIMITED!

  • Handicapped Parking Enforcement
  • Abandoned Vehicle Tagging
  • Radar Reader Board Deployment
  • Water Storage Security
  • Vehicle Maintenance 
  • Found Bicycle Recovery
  • Administrative Support
  • Mail Run
  • Special Events Support
  • Fleet Maintenance