Release Number: 11-306
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Citizen Patrol Program Academy Class
For information call:
The Sheriff’s Community Education Section
What: Applications are now being accepted for the next academy class for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Citizen Patrol Program. This volunteering opportunity gives citizens a chance to work side by side with deputy sheriff’s, and to provide additional services by assisting at community events, working with the Sheriff’s Sexual Predator and Offender Tracking Unit, the Business Watch crime prevention program, and more. See program requirements listed below.
Where: Applications for this volunteer program are being accepted now!
When: Call the Sheriff’s Community Education Section for more information.
Citizen Patrol applicants must meet the following requirements:
-Must be a citizen of the United States, and be full-time or seasonal Pinellas County resident
-Be at least 18 years old
-Have a valid driver’s license
-Successfully complete a Citizen Patrol Program application
-Pass a Sheriff’s Office background investigation
-Complete 100 hours of training in the Academy
-Should be available to volunteer at least 8 hours per month
Previous law enforcement experience is not a requirement and uniforms and equipment will be provided by the Sheriff’s Office.
“Our Citizen Patrol volunteers provide an invaluable level of service and support to this agency and our community. We invite those who are interested to apply with us for a very rewarding and important volunteering experience,” says Sheriff Bob Gualtieri.
For more information on the Citizen Patrol Program, please call the Community Education Section at 727-582-6592.