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Sheriff's Office Volunteers:
Budget cuts, work furloughs, and increased workloads have been challenging for our community. Fortunately, a wonderful group of citizen volunteers have made sure public calls for assistance continue to be answered. Sheriff volunteers provide valuable assistance in important support functions throughout the Sheriff’s Office. From providing Citizen Patrol security and vacation watch checks to providing assistance at community special events, assisting with fleet vehicle maintenance, taking crime reports, and working at the reception desk at Service Centers, you will be working side by side with members of your Sheriff’s Office. Areas open for volunteer service are as varied as the skills and interests of the volunteers themselves. In 2015, the Sheriff’s Office volunteers logged 14,837 hours of service with an added value of $349,560. The average hourly volunteer time in California is developed by the Independent Sector and is $23.56. Our volunteers are a resource that we count on every day!

Volunteer Opportunities: Assignments depend on the specific skills, interests and background of the volunteer, and the needs of the department. Here are a few examples of service opportunities:

  • Child Safety Program Assistant: Assist Sheriff staff with presenting the Child Safety program in elementary schools through small group discussions, activities and skits.
  • Crime Prevention Inspection Assistant: Provide crime prevention inspections and education for residences and businesses.
  • Citizen Patrol Driver: Trained to conduct neighborhood patrols for Abandoned Vehicle Abatement, Vacation watch checks and Security checks
  • Service Center Assistant: Assist the public at the Service Centers, offer referral services, write crime reports, provide crime prevention information, and answer phone calls
  • Event Assistant: Represent the Sheriff’s Office at Community events: such as the County Fair, National Night Out, Wharf to Wharf, and Safety Fairs. Fingerprint children for I.D. purposes
  • Records & Civil Office Assistant: Assist the public at the front desk and computer data entry
  • Fleet Maintenance Assistant: Transport volunteer and patrol vehicles on a regular basis for repair and service, complete maintenance logs, maintain vehicle cleanliness and stock vehicle supplies
  • Forensic/Coroner Office Assistant: Perform a variety of clerical tasks and assist with projects in support of the Forensics and/or Coroner’s Services staff


Qualifications Required:

  • Minimum 18 years of age.
  • Good moral standards and a desire to take an active role in improving the quality of life in the community
  • A valid California driver's license and a good driving record (depending upon the specific duties assigned)
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Satisfactory completion of a background check
  • Customer Service experience

*Volunteers will not be armed and will not carry any kind of weapon.

The Volunteer Training Academy is a total of 4 days spread out over a two week period, and is presented by Sheriff personnel.

Time commitment:
A minimum commitment of 6 months is required, at a minimum of 16 hours per month. Volunteers generally work one four-hour shift, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

How to apply:

Volunteer Coordinator

5200 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062