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Marana's VIPS celebrating 10 years of service to the community

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MARANA, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Marana's Volunteer Police program is marking its tenth year of service to residents of Marana, in 2014. 

The Marana Police Volunteers belong to the national organization Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS), which provides support and resources to law enforcement agencies.

Marana's VIPS program began in January 2004, and has been providing support and help in expanding the services provided by Marana Police ever since.  The program started out as a small group of individuals interested in the safety and security of their own neighborhoods, and has expanded to include 50 members who help out across the entire Marana community.

VIPS members are thoroughly vetted, trained and equipped to assist the Marana Police with the following tasks - patrol duties, reception, fingerprinting, point control, command post deployment, special investigations, crime analysis, and much more. 

According to a recent release, there are more than 20 programs within MPD that utilize the services and talents of the VIPS team.  MPD is stating over the last ten years the VIPS have donated 48,000 hours of time, representing more than $930,000 in savings for the Town of Marana.   Many community outreach programs like Neighborhood Watch and other crime prevention programs, cut from the budget due to the recession, were ultimately taken over by the VIPS.

The Marana VIPS have also been nominated for the 2013 Arizona State Governors Volunteer Award. 

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