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

Eligibility Requirements

  • Ages: 16 and older
  • Must be a Central Ohio resident with reliable transportation
  • Must complete National Incident Command online courses 100b, 200b, 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 in October 2017. Finalized dates, times, and location are being worked out now



Application Deadline

Application are currently being accepted


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