DOUGLAS COUNTY, CO – On March 8, 2011, the 7 individuals pictured below began the 2011 Community Safety Volunteer Academy which is being sponsored and taught by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. They join 53 of their fellow citizens (40 of whom are also pictured below) as Community Safety Volunteers and Volunteers-In-Policing for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Castle Rock Police Department, and Lone Tree Police Department.
The Community Safety Volunteer (CSV) and Volunteers-In-Policing (VIP) programs are community policing in its most basic form – a structured way for citizens to participate in helping provide for the safety and security of their own community. CSVs and VIPs support the major activities of their law enforcement agencies – and activities where their unique expertise and or life experience are of benefit. CSVs and VIPs are citizen volunteers who attend a training academy consisting of over 150 hours of field and classroom instruction and on-the-job training and contribute a minimum of 16 hours of volunteer time each month after graduation.
Deputies and Officers have many duties placed upon them. Serious crime demands their attention for investigation, follow up, and reporting. Lesser offenses also take up similar amounts of time. Many of these lesser offenses or reports do not require highly trained deputies. For example, cold thefts where there are no suspects and no evidence, minor motor vehicle accidents, lost and found property reports, and vehicle impounds are examples of the type of activities that consume significant amounts of deputy and officer time that could be better spent in more important areas. CSVs and VIPs are trained to assist and, in some cases, handle these lower priority types of activities. The more these volunteers can free up the valuable time of highly trained deputies and officers, the more time the deputies and officers will have to focus their efforts on preventing and solving more serious crime.
Since inception of the program in 2006, CSVs and VIPs have made significant contribution to Douglas County by volunteering thousands of hours in support of the major Divisions of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Castle Rock Police Department and Lone Tree Police Department.
This year the CSV and VIP Programs combined will celebrate 5 years of service and over 85,000 hours of volunteer time. For more information on these programs visit dcsheriff.net or crgov.com or cityoflonetree.com or send an e-mail to email@example.com and indicate in which program you have an interest.