Work side-by-side with Sheriff’s Office personnel, and assist deputies on the road with this program. Applicants will have a background check and be required to take a polygraph before being admitted to the program. Volunteers help direct traffic, transport evidence, work minor traffic crashes, and special events.
The Sheriffs Volunteer Patrol is the newest opportunity for citizens to volunteer their time with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
As a member of the Sheriffs Volunteer Patrol, you will have an opportunity to serve with our deputy sheriffs and perform a variety of valuable services for our citizens and visitors to Pinellas County. Some of these responsibilities may include seizing and transporting found property, directing traffic at special events or around disabled vehicles, conducting vacation home checks and much more.
The Sheriff invites you to consider becoming a member of our Sheriffs Volunteer Patrol team. Our volunteers provide an invaluable level of service and support to the community as well as to Sheriff’s Office members. Your desire to volunteer your time to help others is an excellent example of being a good neighbor, and contributes to our overall mission of “Leading The Way For A Safer Pinellas”.
Sheriffs Volunteer Patrol applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Must be a citizen of the United States
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Possess a valid driver’s license
- Successfully complete a program application
- Pass a background investigation
Once the application is completed and returned, a background check will be conducted, and applicants will be scheduled for a polygraph test, a psychological test and a physical assessment test. Once the application process is successfully completed, approved volunteers will be scheduled to attend the 100-hour Sheriffs Volunteer Patrol Academy.
Volunteers will receive individual training for their work assignments as well as occasional training with other volunteers in a group.
How to Apply
The Sheriffs Volunteer Patrol Program is coordinated through the North District Station – Community Policing Unit. If you are interested in applying for the Sheriffs Volunteer Patrol, please call (727) 582-6937 to ask for an application.
The Sheriffs Volunteer Patrol members are not sworn deputy sheriffs and will not be assigned tasks that require this status.
The Mission of the Sheriffs Volunteer Patrol program is to provide members of the community an opportunity to work with law enforcement to provide efficient and professional public safety and service.
- Directing traffic at crash scenes
- Issuing parking tickets
- Recovering and transporting found property
- Assisting disabled motorists
- Vacation Home Checks
- Registering local businesses with the Sheriff’s “Business Watch Program”
- Participating in community events involving the Sheriff’s Office
- Assisting the Sheriff’s Sexual Predator and Offender Tracking Unit (SPOT) with neighborhood notifications
- Providing additional security at pedestrian crosswalk
Volunteers will work in teams of two and be assigned to drive a marked “Sheriffs Volunteer Patrol” van. They will learn how to respond to dispatches from the Sheriff’s Communications Center. Volunteers are also responsible for contacting the Communications Center regarding any incidents they may witness or discover while on patrol.