The El Paso County Sheriff's Office Volunteer Program is composed of a collective citizens group with a true and common desire to partner with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office by volunteering their services while learning more about the internal workings of the law enforcement community. As the population in El Paso County increases, so does the demand for service on the Sheriff's Office. The use of citizen volunteers assists the Sheriff's Office in the meeting of these demands and, as the demand continues to grow, so will the need for active citizen participation.
“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision; the ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives; it is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”
~ Andrew Carnegie
- Must be a law-abiding citizen with good intent.
- Must be honest on the El Paso County Sheriff's Office volunteer application.
- Successfully pass a thorough background investigation.
- Successfully pass a computerized voice stress analysis examination, if required.
- Must be at least 18 years of age, 21 for some positions.
Each volunteer position has unique qualifications and requirements. Inquire about specific training, qualifications and requirements at any time by contacting the Volunteer Program Coordinator at (719) 520-7216. Below is a listing of some of the areas of opportunity within the Volunteer Program, in conjunction with the position description.
Volunteer Opportunities - General:
Language Services: Provides Sheriff’s Office personnel with verbal and written language translation services in the correctional and law enforcement environments, in addition to some administrative duties. The position requires some assigned standing shifts, as well as, being scheduled “on call” via pager or phone.
Reserve Deputy: Performs all duties necessary to ensure the security and welfare of staff, inmates, and the community of El Paso County. Patrols an assigned district, enforces applicable civil statutes; answers service calls; conducts criminal investigations; issues summons and complaints; files cases with the District Attorney’s Office, and may be called to testify in court.
Sheriff’s Citizen Patrol: The Sheriff’s Citizen Patrol is a program that allows residents of El Paso County the ability to volunteer within their community performing law enforcement related duties that do not require a sworn officer. The program allows its volunteers to actively participate in a wide variety of areas in law enforcement that were historically unavailable.
Cadet/Explorer: This position provides an introduction for young adults to careers in Law Enforcement and Detention. Cadets assist with parades, ceremonies, conferences, etc. while receiving invaluable training, obtaining leadership experience, and broadening their knowledge of law enforcement.
Patrol Chaplain: Provide comfort, counseling and spiritual guidance to all Sheriff’s Office members, sworn and civilian. Assist citizens during times of tragedy, such as serious injuries, accidental and natural death, homicides and suicides. Provide invocations and benedictions at Sheriff’s Office functions. Make death notifications.
Investigations Division Canine Support Team: The Investigations Division Canine Support Team’s primary functions are to assist in evidence, missing persons, and human remains searches.
Victim Advocate: Assist victims of violent crimes with short-term crisis intervention, providing information and resource referrals.
Range Assistant: Assist the Range Master with a variety of duties, such as, preparing and repairing targets; recording range scores, etc.
Citizens' Advisory Council Member: In addition to serving as a conduit from the Sheriff’s Office to the community, members also provide feedback to the office regarding budget reviews, new and current programs, and community issues.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Facilitator: Conduct weekly groups using a 12-step method and provide a voluntary fellowship of men and women to attain and maintain sobriety.
Narcotics Anonymous Facilitator: Similar to AA Facilitator, except narcotics addictions are the center of recovery.
Detention Chaplain: Provide worship services, spiritual studies, and counseling to the inmate population.
Mail Room Assistant: Assist Postal Technician with mail distribution.
Emergency Services Division Opportunities:
Wildland Fire Crew Member: As an on-call Wildland firefighter, respond to and suppress fires in El Paso County and surrounding areas.
Search and Rescue:Team members provide search and rescue services primarily in the El Paso County jurisdiction; although may be asked to respond to requests for assistance from other counties through a cooperative arrangement with the Colorado Search and Rescue Board.
Office of Emergency Management: Volunteers with experience in emergency management, emergency response, preparation of emergency plans, planning and coordinating exercises, or other emergency management related tasks serve this Office. Members will assist in writing and coordinating county plans and exercises, working with schools to assist them in emergency planning, teaching or coordinating public education, etc.
Special Communications Unit:Members provide all forms of communication, to include low band, UHF, VHF, HF, digital communications and repeater capabilities to First Responders, the Incident Command Post (ICP), and the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Members staff both the EOC and the ICP, when necessary. An FCC license is not required to join; however members are highly encouraged to test and obtain their license within one year of membership.
Hazmat Technician: Responds to hazardous material releases in El Paso County, and controls and mitigates hazardous materials spills.
Emergency Rehab Response Team: Volunteers assist in providing for the physical and personal needs of the individuals who respond to emergency situations. This includes providing food and fluid replenishment, rest for first responders, medical evaluations, and emotional support.
Clerical Assistant: Training: Filing, scanning, data entry for the Training Section.
Inmate Classification: Data entry and general clerical duties.
Intake and Release Assistant: Utilize customer service skills to field inquiries from the public; receive money and bonds for inmates; filing and general clerical duties.
Concealed Handgun Permit Office Assistant: Assist personnel with maintaining records, contacting clients, and updating reports.
Each year, the office celebrates the accomplishments and excellent service provided by our volunteers at an Annual Banquet. During this event in May of 2013, we recognized one of our volunteers, Mounted Unit Instructor Lea Reynolds, by honoring her with the 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award. Lea has worked tirelessly for over sixteen years training our deputies to be more effective and safe as they perform their mounted duties. Also, the Outstanding Volunteer Team Award was presented to our Sheriff’s Citizen Patrol Team for their excellent work in supporting the office and our Patrol Section. These men and women have proven themselves to be crucial to the Office and are instrumental in helping those they serve provide a greater level of service to the community.
During 2012, the Sheriff's Office volunteers provided an astounding 95,352 hours of service, which resulted in an estimated financial benefit of $2,294,526.00 to the citizens of El Paso County. Without the assistance and service of our volunteers, the Office would be hard-pressed to accomplish all that we do in service to El Paso County.
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office currently has over 520 active volunteers. These dedicated men and women give back to the El Paso County community in many ways. Are you ready to bring your knowledge, skills, abilities and interests to assist the El Paso County Sheriff's Office? If you are interested in becoming an El Paso County Sheriff's Office volunteer and would like to join a great group of men and women, please print, complete, and send the volunteer application to:
Volunteer Program Coordinator
El Paso County Sheriff’s Office
27 East Vermijo Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
For additional information, please contact the Volunteer Program Coordinator at (719) 520-7216 or [email protected].
“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”
~ William Shakespeare