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Citizen Volunteers in Policing

Note: The City is reevaluating the CVIP program as of Jan. 1, 2023. All CVIP activities are paused until further notice.

Citizens making a positive difference in our community

About the CVIP program

Gresham’s Citizen Volunteers in Policing (CVIP) are the eyes and ears of the Police Department and create a visible presence in our parks, trails, residential areas and commerce centers. 

Volunteers do not carry weapons, confront suspects, or participate in altercations; they observe and report. 

In addition, CVIPs: 

  • Deliver food boxes.
  • Participate in community events.
  • Report graffiti.
  • Patrol along City trails using a Gator mobile.
  • Issue handicapped parking citations.
  • Deploy the speed radar trailer.
  • Assist with curfew sweeps.
  • Initiate patrols of residential areas, parks, school grounds and commercial areas.

Volunteer criteria

  • Must be 21 years of age and older
  • Must live or own a business within the city limits of Gresham
  • Must pass a DMV and criminal background check

In addition, an appointment to the program requires attendance at an orientation meeting, followed by an interview with the City's Chief of Police.

More information

If you have questions about the CVIP program please contact Lt. Jeff Miller at 503-618-2260 or