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
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Hangun 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 we recognize one volunteer and one volunteer unit.
Myrtle Moldrem, Inmate Programs, was chosen as the 2018 Volunteer of the Year; she was nominated by Programs Manager, Janet King. Myrtle Moldrem became a volunteer with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in April of 2018. She came to the Office wanting to volunteer in the Mailroom at CJC to be able to work alongside her daughter Carolin who has been a long-time employee with the Sheriff’s Office. Since starting in the mailroom, Myrtle volunteered a total of 787 hours in 2018. With all the challenges working in the mailroom, Myrtle has taken on those challenges and proved to be an outstanding volunteer for the office. When we have been short staffed in the mailroom due to illness, vacations or training, Myrtle is the first to step up and take the entire shift of the employee that is out of the office. This has allowed the office to continue running during the employee’s absence even when it has been weeks at a time. Myrtle’s attention to detail in the mailroom has proven to be invaluable by picking up on the many different aspects of opening mail such as details about a case. As an example, she was able to determine that there were details stated in the mail in reference to a high-profile case. Myrtle quickly alerted investigations of the information that she had obtained in the incoming mail. The investigators quickly notified the DA’s office, they promptly came down to obtain the correspondence as evidence and it was later identified as critical information to their case. Myrtle has gone above and beyond when completing her duties as a Mailroom Volunteer due to the many hours she has put in and her attention to detail with the duties that she had been assigned. I am so thankful that she chose to volunteer with this office and we are truly blessed to have her on our team. Myrtle always keeps us on our toes and welcomes us each morning with her quick wit which always brings a smile to our faces and makes coming to work a true pleasure to work alongside her.
The Wildland Fire Management Team was chosen as the 2018, Outstanding Volunteer Team of the Year; they were nominated by Deputy Fire Warden, Jim Schanel. Jim Schanel writes “I have been in my position with Wildland Fire Management since April 2018. In that time frame Wildland Fire Management has been challenged with the 5th largest fire in Colorado history, reorganization, a new strategic plan and a 90% turnover of career personnel. Communications has been equally challenged logistically, financially, administratively, and operationally. The Wildland Fire Management Unit consists of a Deputy Fire Warden/Fire Management Officer, an Emergency Services Support Coordinator, 2 part-time supervisors, and approximately 30 volunteers who have provided 100s of hours of service to the citizens of El Paso County. In early April 2018, only 7 days after a new Fire Management Officer was hired, crews fought the Mile Marker 117 Fire which consumed 42,795 acres and destroyed over 20 homes, thus becoming the 5th largest fire in Colorado history. Wildland Fire Management personnel worked relentlessly despite the organizational changes and in the midst of hiring personnel. Since then the career and volunteer members have come together and embraced new leadership and are developing a highly efficient organization. In addition to fire response mitigation and public education have been the focus of a majority of the services provided. Removing burned and diseased trees and brush, burning piles of vegetation removed from around structures and trails, delivering classes and performing safety talks are also part of what the members provide daily. Mitigation also includes multiple long-range projects, and prescribed fires. In an effort to support the Strategic Plan for the Sheriff’s Office, additional collaboration with County Parks will continue throughout 2019. Training is a continuous annual process. The Unit sent 16 people to Colorado Wildland Fire and Incident Management Academy. Critical needs assessments and evaluation of equipment are ongoing, and a new Type 6 engine has been ordered to replace aging equipment. Members were deployed to 6 Federal assignments in 2018 and received reimbursement in the amount of $32K. These incidents included the Weston Pass Fire, Ferguson Fire, several fires in California, the Moccasin Mesa Fire, High Chateau Fire, the Rampart and Little Fountain Fires The members of Wildland Fire Management are dedicated to serving the citizens of El Paso County in numerous ways in an effort to make the community safer from fire, the public better educated and providing a long-range effort to reduce the threat of wildland fires. For these reasons I believe the men and women who have chosen Wildland Fire Management as a career or who volunteer their time to the community are deserving of the Unit of the Year.”
During 2018, the Sheriff's Office volunteers provided over 74,094 hours of service, which resulted in an estimated financial benefit of $2,018351.53 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 440 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