Sheriffs Volunteer Patrol FAQ’s
Here are some of the more frequently asked questions about the Sheriff’s Volunteer Patrol Program.
Q. Do I need to be a full time Pinellas County resident to volunteer in this program?
A. We welcome both full time and seasonal residents of Pinellas County who are United States citizens to participate in our program.
Q. Do I need prior experience in law enforcement?
A. No prior experience is required.
Q. What would a typical schedule be for a Volunteer?
A. A routine schedule for volunteers would be a 4 hour shift during daylight hours. Each volunteer will be required to complete 8 hours per month to participate in the program.
Q. Do I have to work holidays?
A. Working holidays is not a requirement for volunteers.
Q. What if I am injured while working as a volunteer?
A. All volunteers are covered under workers compensation provided by the Sheriff’s Office.
Q. Will I be responsible for purchasing my uniforms?
A. Volunteers will be issued a short sleeve shirt with markings denoting your position as a Volunteer by the Sheriff’s Office. In addition, you will be issued equipment necessary to complete your assignments in the program.
Q. Will I carry or be issued a firearm?
A. As a volunteer you will not be authorized to carry any firearm while on duty. You will be issued all necessary equipment to complete your volunteer duties.
Q. Will I assist in arrests?
A. No, volunteers will not be placed in harm’s way.
Q. Will I have to testify in court?
A. Volunteers in this program will be certified to issue parking citations for disabled and fire lane violations. As a result of these actions you may be called upon to testify in court.
Q. Will my service have a positive impact on the community?
A. As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to give back to the community through the hours you volunteer. As an involved member of our program you will gain valuable insight into the workings of your Sheriff’s Office and assist us by improving the quality of the relationship we have with the community.