Volunteers Wanted

Rochester Police Department VIPS/Triad Volunteer Opportunities

Our volunteers are absolutely instrumental in our efforts.  If you are considering helping out we welcome volunteers in the following areas:

    • vacation house checks
    • parade traffic control (barricade)
    • parking control (disability parking enforcement and fire lane enforcement)
    • traffic tamers
    • report follow up calling
    • help with pawn shop receipts
    • search and rescue (CERT trained volunteers)
    • crime scene sitting (sitting to make sure no one crosses yellow tape and if they do they must sign in with name, date and time they crossed)
    • animal control (take pictures for coptalk live and help people adopt a pet
    • volunteer police interpreters (several languages)
    • administrative/clerical support (create brochures, power point presentations and handouts photocopying)
    • receptionist (answering phones for patrol, animal control and coptalk live)
    • crime prevention unit activities
    • bike rodeos/safety fairs/county fair
    • police department newsletter
    • VIPS/triad newsletter


Join the VIPS of the Rochester Police Department, Rochester Firefighters, or the Olmsted County Sheriffs Office.

Now you can help your community to be a safer place to live and play by volunteering to help. The most effective way to keep crime and other problems away from our city is to make areas "unattractive" to the lawbreakers. To do this a cooperative effort is needed by the Police Department, Fire Department and Sheriff's Office and community. Volunteers are being solicited to join this community-oriented group sponsored by the departments. Regardless of the amount of time you have to offer, this exciting new group will give you the opportunity to help the community where YOU live and play.

Volunteers must possess the following qualification:

1 Ability to work well with others

2 Ability to follow procedures accurately and responsibility

3 Strong interpersonal communication skills

4 Desire to aid in the achievement of police, fire, sherrif as well as community goals and objectives

5 Successful completion of a background investigation including criminal history and driving check

ALL Volunteers will be provided with:

  • Classroom and field training

  • Equipment and clothing to properly perform duties 


Grand Total of: $117,733 was saved by volunteers for the City of Rochester

For further information or an application contact VIPS at (507) 328-6890


Quick Contacts


Non-Emergency Police
(507) 328-6800
Crime Stoppers
(800) 222-8477
Text a Tip enter "TIP 674"
Send to Crimes26743
Vacation Home Checks
(507) 328-6800
Non-Emergency Fire
(507) 328-2830
Police Administration
(507) 328-6900
Police General Info
(507) 328-6810
Police Records/Reports
(507) 328-6811
Crime Prevention Unit
(507) 328-6890
Neighborhood Watch
(507) 328-6890
(507) 328-6890
(507) 328-6890
Speakers Bureau
(507) 328-6890
Police Investigations
(507) 328-6910
Police Narcotics/Gangs
(507) 328-6760
Anonymous Tip Line
(507) 328-6888
Fire Prevention
(507) 328-2800
Fire Safety Checks

(507) 328-2800
Arson Hot Line
(800) 723-2020

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