Volunteers In Probation (VIP)

Volunteers in Probation have the opportunity to gain valuable experience in a variety of functions, and play an important role in supporting the work of probation officers, from serving as mentors to supporting youth and families who need guidance in the community. They may work in conjunction with Probation Officers in the office, writing memos to the court, handling data input and interviewing victims and
defendants. They may coordinate recreational activities or community service projects such as graffiti abatement, or conduct programs in anger management or life skills. They might check on school attendance, help with clerical duties, and provide translation for non-English speaking probationers or family members. Or they may help at the Juvenile Detention and Assessment Centers with Probation Correction Officers by facilitating NA/AA groups, mentoring minors, providing tutoring or teaching young people skills and leading other activities under staff supervision. They may also serve as guest speakers conducting presentations on peer pressure, anger management, gangs, and drug abuse. 

Requirements for VIP:
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must not have any felony convictions and not be currently on probation or parole
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Must have a valid California ID or Driver’s License
Application Process for VIP:
  • Fill out the Volunteer Application (either online or after printing out using a pen), making sure to complete every section that is required, as incomplete applications will be returned.
  • Print out the completed application if filled out online and sign it
  • Submit the signed application one of the following ways:
      Mail to Volunteer Unit, 175 W. 5th Street 4th Floor, San Bernardino CA 92415, Attention: Volunteer Coordinator
      Fax to 909-387-5827, Attention: Volunteer Coordinator
      Scan and email to
  • Provide valid California ID card or Drivers License
  • Complete a screening interview
  • Complete Live Scan fingerprinting and have a photo ID taken by Probation Department
  • Pass a background investigation
  • Applicant will be required to attend a mandatory 3-hour Confidentiality / PREA Training before being assigned.