Senior Corps


The Senior Corps program at the Barnstable County Sheriff's Office is a recognized Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) program. In his 2002 State of the Union Address, President George W. Bush announced the creation of the USA Freedom Corps, which is an effort to foster a culture of service, citizenship, and responsibility, building on the generous spirit of the American people. The Citizen Corps programs are part of the USA Freedom Corps initiative and share the common goal of helping communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to crime, natural disasters, and other emergencies.

One of the Citizen Corps programs is Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS). The program's ultimate goal is to enhance the capacity of state and local law enforcement to utilize volunteers. Sheriff Cummings, partnering with Elder Services of Cape Cod & Islands and VIPS, established the Senior Corps program in September of 2002.

Senior Citizen volunteers assist the education unit at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility. Seniors assist with GED prep and educational intake testing of inmates.

All volunteers are registered with Elder Services of Cape Cod & Islands as National Senior Service Corps members. Criminal history record checks are preformed on each volunteer, and a mandatory training program is completed before placement.



VIPS is a component program of Citizen Corps.