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Posted on Tue, Feb 21, 2012 : 9:15 a.m.

Ypsilanti Police Department looking for residents to join Volunteer Service Corps Academy

By Danny Shaw

The Ypsilanti Police Department is looking for area residents eager to participate in this year’s Volunteer Service Corps Academy.


Officer Brent Yuchasz and Sgt. Kevin Dorsey stand outside the Ypsilanti Police Department building in this file photo.

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Academy volunteers would provide “extra eyes and ears and visibility during special city events, such as parades and festivals,” according to a news release.

The academy spans five weeks and will teach participants patrol tactics, defensive tactics, city special events procedures, parades and traffic control and will also receive instruction from the Ypsilanti Fire Department.

According to the VSC website, volunteers only observe and report and do not make contact with anyone engaged in questionable activity. Members of the VSC will wear uniforms and be issued police radios.

Find more information, including a link to the application, visit the city's website. Residents also can pick up a paper application at the police department.

A background check will be performed on all applicants. Applicants must be at least 21 years old to be eligible for the academy, according to the release.

They can be submitted via email to Ypsilanti Police Sgt. Kevin Dorsey at

Contact reporter Danny Shaw at 734-623-2544 or



Wed, Feb 22, 2012 : 3:25 p.m.

Seriously SW40? Chief Walker has proven without a doubt to be an asset to the City of Ypsilanti. Yes, the Department is understaffed with no fault of her own. Thank you Talbot, I couldn't have said it better. SW40, I suggest you become involved in your community. Stop by the Police Department, talk to the Detectives who are working diligently to solve crimes in the city. Look at the City of Ypsilanti crime stats, you will be impressed at the number of solved crimes within the City.


Tue, Feb 21, 2012 : 7:17 p.m.

No need to slam our Chief with regards to this program! Other YPD police staff have historically run this program in coordination with volunteers of the Friends of Ypsilanti Police Dept. The Fire Department is always part of this program. It's a wonderful educational program that really fleshes out what our service personnel are doing for us and for our benefit!! Chief Walker does participate on an ongoing basis representatives of our neighborhood and business associations, Chamber of Commerce and EMU at the monthly Community Policing Action Council meetings. This monthly meetings are held to regularly to discuss current community concerns. It is a great feed back to our own neighborhoods about the current state of affairs. SW40, should you have questions about what goes on in your neighborhood, perhaps you can locate your own neighborhood association through this site: <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>.


Tue, Feb 21, 2012 : 5:59 p.m.

If I can carry a taser I'm in.


Wed, Feb 22, 2012 : 9:09 p.m.

I never knew a cop had to carry a 45 and a taser at the same time. Wonder if they get em confused? I know I would.

Martin Church

Tue, Feb 21, 2012 : 5:44 p.m.

it's about time the fire department was included. I just wish it was on another day of the week.


Tue, Feb 21, 2012 : 3:34 p.m.

Hmmm, why no interview with the police chief. Does this woman even work in the city any longer? I would figure an article about getting people involved might include the police chief but then again that would mean the police chief is actually involved. The Ypsilanti police department needs volunteers becuase they are understaffed and lead by a figure head who has done nothing to improve safety and security in Ypsilanti. I urge our residents to ask for something better and demand that our police chief either improve or resign. Chief Walker, stop hiding in your office and start helping our community.

Christine Moellering

Wed, Feb 22, 2012 : 3:26 a.m.

I know Chief Walker and she regularly attends community meetings. It's easy to criticize but don't you think it's possible she was unable to attend this interview due to some more important matter like community safety or real police business? Our police have caught many criminals and stopped many break-in's but the police are not here to do all the work, they are counting on us as citizens to help keep our community safe.