Volunteers in Police Services Collect 18 Bags of Litter Along Centerville Road

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The approximately 30 members of VIPS collected around 100 pounds of litter as part of their Adopt-a-Highway clean-up event.
About 30 members of VIPS collected around 100 pounds of litter as part of their Adopt-a-Highway clean-up event. (Submitted)

Drivers on Centerville Road may notice it looks a bit nicer along the roadside than it did a few weeks ago.

The James City County Police Department’s Volunteers in Police Services recently adopted the stretch of Centerville Road that runs between the intersections with Richmond Road and Adams Hunt.

The initiative was born of a desire for VIPS to “venture out more into the public,” according to Police Sgt. Jeff Vellines.

He had noticed this road in particular was in need of attention, so he reached out to the Virginia Department of Transportation about adopting it.

VIPS is made up of about 30 citizens in the community, most of whom are graduates of the Citizens Police Academy. These volunteers help the police department by providing assistance at community events and around the office.

“They are unbelievable,” Vellines said of the members of VIPS. “I can’t say enough about what a help they are to us.”

Organizations adopting a highway must clean it up twice a year. The May 23 clean up effort was the first for VIPS, and Vellines estimates they collected around 100 pounds of litter.

“We filled 18 large trash bags. It’s amazing what people throw out of their window,” he said.

The next clean up day is slated for sometime in the fall, and in the meantime VIPS will continue to assist with other community initiatives.

Vellines is proud whenever he sees the sign along Centerville Road stating VIPS has adopted that portion of the highway, and he hopes other organizations will be moved to get involved.

“A lot of places around here still need adopting, and it feels good to help.”