MINT HILL, NC – Ever had interest in volunteering at the police department? If so, you would meet Robyn Imirie, Coordinator of the Mint Hill Police Volunteers in Police Service. Although you are not likely to see her responding to emergencies by patrol vehicle, Robyn serves the community in many ways behind the scenes. As the VIPS Coordinator, Robyn ensures each VIPS member stays abreast of departmental changes and is provided with the resources they may need. Currently, the VIPS Program consists of 14 members.
Formed in 2011, the VIPS Program has been an integral part of the police department, enhancing the department and its programs. Many may be familiar with the VIPS patrols in neighborhoods and business areas, but Robyn oversees much more. The volunteers conduct administrative assistance with data entry, alarm tracking and neighborhood watch. Robyn coordinates the monthly Coffee with a Cop program that gathers officers and citizens together for no barriers conversation. Robyn and the volunteers also assist with special events such as National Night Out and the MHPD Jingle All the Way 5K which funds the the VIPS program in its entirety.
Robyn is very joyful and does a great job of acting as a liaison with the community. “I enjoy helping and giving back,” says Robyn. Most wouldn’t know Robyn also makes greeting cards, which she sells at the Paper Skyscraper in uptown Charlotte. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Robyn ventured to the states and spent some time in California where she participated in a police citizens’ academy. Upon her move to Mint Hill, Robyn joined the VIPS program at its earliest days and was a key influence in bringing the citizens’ academy to Mint Hill. Lieutenant Gilman says, “Many of the department’s programs wouldn’t be as successful as they are without each of our volunteers. Robyn and the VIPS team do a fantastic job with supporting the officers, our office staff and more importantly, the community.”