Franklin County Sheriff

Volunteers in Public Safety Support


The Volunteers in Public Safety Support (VIPSS) course offers community members who've taken a strong interest in public safety a chance to continue their learning and practical experience by participating in an enhanced Public Safety Support Citizen Academy. Graduates of the VIPSS/Public Safety Support Citizen Academy will be called upon to provide support during times of emergencies or natural disasters as well as volunteer during special and routine events. 



Extensive training curriculum including units on:

  • Disaster preparedness
  • Terrorism prevention and awareness
  • CBRNE indicators
  • First aid
  • CPR
  • Public Health
  • Children in Congregate
  • Private Sector
  • Interoperable communications
  • Fire safety
  • Light search and rescue operations
  • Behavioral & Predictive Analysis
  • Civilian Respons to Active Shooter Events
  • Port Authority 
  • Incident Command Structure

Eligibility Requirements

  • Ages: 16 and older
  • Must be a Central Ohio resident with reliable transportation
  • Must complete National Incident Command online courses 100b and 700a. You can access these by going to


  • Completion of a satisfactory background check for those 18 and older. For details about the background check contact Sgt. Samual Byrd at 614-525-6317

Training Classes

The next training is to begin on March 6, 2018 and will be held every Tuesday and Thursday evening through April 17, 2018 from 6:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. The location will be Columbus Division of Police Training Academy 1000 N. Hague Ave. Columbus, Ohio 43204


Columbus Division of Police Training Academy 

1000 N. Hague Ave.

Columbus, Ohio 43204

Application Deadline

Application are currently being accepted. The deadline to be considered for acceptance into the session beginning on March 6, 2018 being held at Columbus Division of Police Training Academy, your application must be submitted by 02/23/2018


If you would like to apply, please download and fill out the application and e-mail it to Sergeant Samuel Byrd (contact information is listed below).

VIPSS Program Application


Sergeant Samuel Byrd
Call 614-525-6317