General Requirements

  • Volunteers must be able to sit and stand for long periods of time.
  • Volunteers must not have restrictive disabilities or limiting health issues that could hinder the performance of their patrol duties.
  • Volunteers must be at least 12 years of age.
  • Volunteers must be citizens of the United States.
  • Volunteers must have a valid Virginia driver's license.

Training Requirements

Before beginning patrol duties the volunteers will be required to have completed the following training:

  • 4 hours becoming familiarized with all Sheriff's Office policies and procedures that are determined by the Professional Standards Department to be applicable.
  • 6 hours of ride along training with a deputy during a regular patrol shift.
  • 6 hours of riding with a designated deputy in one of the citizen patrol vans to become familiar with any unfamiliar areas of the county.
  • 8 hours of basic first aid and CPR to be taught by one of the Sheriff's Office certified instructors.

This training will be sufficient for routine patrolling. At such time we have the need or opportunity to utilize any citizen patrol volunteers for further duties they will receive the appropriate additional training at that time.