INDEPENDENT STUDY (IS) PROGRAMThe Emergency Management Institute (EMI)
offers self-paced courses designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities and the general public. All are offered free-of-charge to those who qualify for enrollment. Over forty on-line courses are available and are self-paced. Visit http://training.fema.gov/
for a complete listing of courses and to register.VOLUNTEER PROGRAMSNeighborhood Watch
works to provide information, training and resources to citizens and law enforcement agencies throughout the country. In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, Neighborhood Watch programs have expanded beyond their traditional crime prevention role to help neighborhoods focus on disaster preparedness, emergency response and terrorism awareness. USAonWatch
-Neighborhood Watch is administered by the National Sheriffs' Association in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice. For more information on the City of Detroit’s Neighborhood Watch Program, contact Lt. Terry Herbert, Detroit Police Department at (313) 596-2520.The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
Program strengthens communities by helping medical, public health and other volunteers offer their expertise throughout the year as well as during local emergencies and other times of community need. MRC volunteers work in coordination with existing local emergency response programs and also supplement existing community public health initiatives, such as outreach and prevention, immunization programs, blood drives, case management, care planning, and other efforts. The MRC program is administered by the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General. For more information on the City of Detroit’s MRC Program, contact Toylisa Travis, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, at (313) 596-1284.Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS)
works to enhance the capacity of state and local law enforcement to utilize volunteers. VIPS serves as a gateway to resources and information for and about law enforcement volunteer programs. Funded by DOJ, VIPS is managed and implemented by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. In the City of Detroit the VIPS Program is sponsored by the Detroit Police Department and represented by the Detroit Police Reserve Program. With over 400 members, the Detroit Police Reserve Program has a long and successful history in supporting the Detroit Police Department. Reservists provide assistance as requested by the police department for events, concerts, emergencies and incidents. They play an important role in volunteering during major annual events such as the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), the International Freedom Festival and the Thanksgiving Day Parade. Detroit Police Reserves have assisted Detroit Police during the 2005 All Star Game, the 2005 Hurricane Katrina Evacuee Reception Center and the 2006 SuperBowl XL. Reservists receive training as designated by the Detroit Police Department and are also CERT-trained. For more information on the City of Detroit’s VIPS/Detroit Police Reserves Program, contact Commander Henry Dodge at (313) 535-8041.
(Angel’s Night Volunteer – Individual
It's time once again for Detroiters to stand together for Angels' Night, October 29-31. Each year, roughly 50,000 Angels' Night volunteers patrol city streets, turn on their porch lights and watch over their neighborhoods. We need the help of every caring Detroiter to continue to keep our city safe. We will continue to patrol our city's neighborhoods, turn on our porch lights and adopt vacant or abandoned buildings. Together, we can make Detroit a place where neighbors and volunteers join together to move our city forward. Questions? Contact the Volunteer Office at (313) 224-3450.