County Sheriff seeks Applications for 2014 Community Safety Volunteer Academy
Applications are being accepted for the 2014 Community Safety Volunteer Academy, offered through the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. This Volunteer program, held March 4 – May 8, 2014, involves civilian volunteers who have an interest in law enforcement and assisting the Sheriff’s Office by providing services to the community in circumstances that do not require the presence of a sworn officer. Volunteers are required to attend a 10-week academy. Classes meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 – 10 p.m. and on four Saturdays at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in Castle Rock or the Highlands Ranch Substation in Highlands Ranch. Application deadline is December 31, 2013. Call 303-814-7063 or email email@example.com for more information.
The Community Safety Volunteer Program involves civilian volunteers who have an interest in law enforcement. Community Safety Volunteers (CSVs) assist the Sheriff’s Office on patrol by providing services to the community in those areas that do not require the attention of a sworn officer. Some of the calls they assist with include traffic control, impounds, house watches, elementary school checks, found property, VIN verifications and increased patrols in neighborhoods.
Those CSVs who do not wish to drive or be on patrol can work in Detentions by assisting in the intake area with booking & release, phone calls, internal door operations, inmate files, and other duties as assigned. CSVs also work in an office setting assisting in Investigations, Civil and Community Resources making this program suitable for all ages.
Volunteers are required to attend the Community Safety Volunteer Academy for 10 weeks. Classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00pm to 10:00pm at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and on four Saturdays during the academy. A number of courses encompass overviews to various facets of the Sheriff’s Office. Other academy courses include Ethics, Anti-Bias, First Aid & CPR, Detentions, Defensive Driving, Basic Self Defense, Traffic Control, Geography and Patrol Intro. Upon graduation, each volunteer must complete a 54 hour CSV field training program and maintain 16 hours of volunteer time per month.
Minimum requirements include:
- Must be 20 years of age or older
- Must be a citizen of the United States
- Must possess a valid Colorado driver’s license
- Must pass a written general aptitude test, an integrity interview, polygraph, psychological, full background investigation and lift test (for those working on patrol and in detentions)
- Have never been convicted of a felony
- Have had no illegal drug use within the last three (3) years and no alcohol related traffic offenses within five(5) years
- Must have the ability to deal with confidential information and keep it confidential
- Possess good public speaking and presentation skills
The CSV Academy generally begins in March of each calendar year. If you would like to be placed on the list for the next academy, please send an e-mail with your name and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in the CSV program and would like to learn more about it we invite you to complete a ride-along. A ride-along release and waiver will be required prior to the ride.
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