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El Paso County Search and REscueEmergency Services Division VolunteerEl Paso County Sheriff's Office ChaplainEl Paso County Wildland Fire TeamSheriff's Office Citizen Advisory CouncilSheriff's Citizen Patrol VolunteerVictim Advocate Volunteers

Volunteer Program

General Information

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

Minimum Requirements:

  • 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.

Specific Requirements:

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 Detentions. 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 Canine Unit: 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.

Driving Instructor: Assist the Driving Instructor in a variety of functions, such as course set up and design, classroom instruction, and other duties as required to complete POST mandated and agency required training.

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.

Inmate Programs:

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 Management Member: As an on-call Wildland firefighter, respond to and suppress fires in El Paso County and surrounding areas.

Search and Rescue: The active recruitment period for the El Paso County Search and Rescue team has begun. If you would like more information about the team and how to join, please visit their website at: www.epcsar.org.

Emergency Incident Support: 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/Customer Service:

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 2014, we recognized one of our volunteers, Patrol Chaplain Bob Swales, by honoring him with the 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award. Bob has led our team of Patrol Chaplains since May of 2006, and has provided well over 16,000 volunteer hours.  Also, the Outstanding Volunteer Team Award was presented to our Office of Emergency Management Emergency Operations Center Volunteers for their excellent work in supporting the Office during our recent fire and flood emergencies. 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 2014, the Sheriff's Office volunteers provided over 85,000 hours of service, which resulted in an estimated financial benefit of $2,094,007 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 530 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


General Information

In early 2009, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office implemented a new volunteer program, the Sheriff’s Citizen Patrol (SCP).  The Sheriff’s Citizen Patrol is a citizen based program which allows residents of El Paso County the ability to volunteer within their community performing law enforcement related duties which do not require a sworn member.  This program allows volunteers to actively participate in a wide variety of opportunities which were historically unavailable to volunteers.

Some of these opportunities include:

  • Motorist Assist – Help stranded motorists.
  • Traffic Control – Assist at accident scenes, speed monitoring, reporting, etc.
  • Parking Complaints – Report and tag abandoned vehicles, assess parking violations.
  • Crime Prevention Assistance – Attend neighborhood watch group meetings, conduct vacation checks, update business information cards, etc.
  • Residential/Business Alarms – Distant observation and reporting from vehicle.
  • Towing – Assist deputies with impounding/inventorying abandoned vehicles.
  • Animal Complaints – Respond to calls of loose or abandoned animals, as well as animal neglect or abuse.
  • Vacation Checks - Perform checks of residential houses where the owner has asked for checks while away on vacation.

Those interested in the program must submit a completed volunteer application for the Sheriff’s Citizen Patrol program. These applicants must successfully complete a background process which is identical to those required of applicants who are applying to be Deputy Sheriffs. This is necessary because a member of the Sheriff’s Citizen Patrol holds a position in which public trust is paramount.

Minimum Requirements for the Sheriff’s Citizen Patrol Program Include:

  • 21 years of age or older and United States Citizenship
  • Possess a valid driver’s license
  • Pass a background investigation, Computer Stress Voice Analysis (CVSA) exam, a medical screening, and a drug screen

  • Pass a psychological examination

  • No prior felony conviction
  • Able to deal with sensitive information and maintain confidentiality

For those who successfully complete the application process, training is provided on the skills which will be necessary for the applicant to complete their duties safely while working as a Citizen Patrol Member. Topics include officer safety, law enforcement ethics, report writing, radio communications, speed monitoring, directing traffic, accident scene preservation, crime prevention, and much more.

To learn more about the Sheriff's Citizen Patrol download the tri-fold brochure located on the right.

For further information regarding the Sheriff’s Citizen Patrol please contact the Volunteer Program Coordinator at (719) 520-7216.

To download the Vacation Check Request Form click the resource on the right.