The Dallas Police Department's (DPD) Volunteers in Patrol (VIP) program is a local effort that brings together residents and the police to provide visible neighborhood street and alley presence to help deter criminal activity.
Each VIP participant must be a current PHA member and must attend four (4) hours of training by the DPD to learn how to recognize and properly report suspicious activity to the police. The police department performs background checks on each participant as well. The required training is scheduled the last Sunday of each month from 2pm to 6:00pm. Training is located at North Central Police Substation at the corners of McCallum and Hillcrest.
The VIP started patrolling our neighborhood in June 2008. As of September 2023, we currently have nine PHA members certified for the VIP program.
Participants in the VIP program, work directly with our Prestonwood Homeowner Association’s (PHA) Crime Watch Leader, Mike Kiefer, and the Prestonwood PID officer. Patrollers can volunteer to sign up to drive in two-person teams any time or day of the week. Every month, we would like our volunteers to do at least one patrol at a time convenient for them. Each patrol will generally take 2 to 2-1/2 hours in order to cover the entire neighborhood.
If anyone is interested in becoming a Patroller, please contact Joshua.Brooks@dallaspolice.gov for application forms.
Please sign up to join the VIP and help the police reduce crime in our neighborhood. Any questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.