County To Recognize Police Volunteers

From patrol to photography to providing spiritual comfort, Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) volunteers serve in vital roles essential to public safety.

Last year, County residents dedicated nearly 65,000 hours to the Fairfax County Police Department and every year since 1983, they have contributed significant hours of their own time volunteering with the department. Last June, the Auxiliary Police Officer program surpassed the one million hours of service mark.

The 207 members of the department’s Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS), Auxiliary Police Officers (APOs) and Chaplains are assigned to every local district police station and other police facilities. They come from a variety of backgrounds and offer a plethora of skills and abilities to the agency while providing a great cost benefit to the county.

Tomorrow (Friday, April 13), volunteers will be recognized for their service at a 7 PM ceremony in the Fairfax County Government Center Board Room. The keynote speaker is Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.


Over 80 awards will be presented including:

  • Awards for 500 up to 25,000 committed hours to the department
  • President’s Call to Service Award (4,000 or more service hours)
  • Joyce McDermott Award for Outstanding Auxiliary Police Officer
  • 25 years or more of service to the department (Auxiliary Police Officers)
  • VIPS/APOs of the Year for Patrol, Administration, Crime Prevention and Training
  • Innovative Project Award for the Reston District Station 2011 Safe December Anti-DWI Campaign

To get involved with the police volunteer programs, visit:



Citizens Police Academy