Come home to Highland!
VOLUNTEERS IN POLICE SERVICE
It has been nearly 10 years since the town created a team of residents who volunteer to
protect the health and safety of our residents.
“Our town is even better through the efforts of these dedicated volunteers,” Councilman Mark Herak said. “These individuals give of themselves without expecting anything in return.”
Highland’s Volunteers in Police Services program is one of five in Lake County and a
member of the national initiative. The idea of a citizen corps whose volunteer efforts would
make communities safer, stronger and better prepared to respond to emergency situations
was espoused by President George Bush in the days and months following the attacks on
New York and Washington D.C. in 2001.
Terry Krooswyk and Lloyd Blissmer began their service when the town’s VIPS program
launched in 2005. Both joined after attending the Citizens Police Academy.
“We all have our niches and do what we can,” Krooswyk said. “I enjoy the interaction
with the public and opportunity to give back. Because we do what we do, police are
free to do what they need to do.”
Blissmer has nothing but praise for the program and the people he works with.
Most evenings, Blissmer can be found out on patrol. “I work five to six evenings a week,”
he said. “Because I am retired, I have the time to be out there. Something interesting happens every patrol. We just do what we can and the town seems to appreciate it.”
INFO: If you are interesting in volunteering, please download an application below or call Sgt. Glenn Cox at (219) 838-3184 for more information.
WANT TO VOLUNTEER?
The town is looking for dedicated individuals who want to work alongside Highland police and help keep our community safe. Training and uniform are provided. Have fun, make new friends, while providing this volunteer service to the community.
VIPs assist police officers by providing a variety of tasks including: vacation home checks, directing traffic, traffic patrols in residential/business/park districts (on foot, bicycle, or vehicle), providing funeral escorts, conducting finger printing, filing, typing, even answering telephones. Tasks and assignments vary per ability and interest. All hours and shifts are available.
If you are interested, please download an application here or contact VIPS Coordinator Sgt. Glenn Cox at (219) 838-3184.
Highland Police Department
3315 Ridge Road
Highland, IN 46322
Fax: (219) 972-5095