Citizens Patrol Volunteers will typically work in teams of two and be assigned to drive a marked “Citizens Patrol” van. Volunteers are issued a uniform and they will learn to respond to dispatches from the Communications Center. They are responsible for contacting Communications regarding any incident they may witness or discover while on patrol.
Under no circumstances are Citizens Patrol Volunteers to become involved in a situation that should be handled by law enforcement.
Citizen Patrol applicants must meet the following criteria:
• Must be a citizen of the
• Be at least 18 years of age
• Possess a valid driver’s license
• Successfully complete a program application
• Pass a background investigation
Once the application is completed and returned, a background check will be conducted and applicants will be scheduled for a polygraph test, a psychological test and a physical assessment test. Once the application process is successfully completed, approved volunteers will be scheduled to attend the 100-hour Citizens Patrol Academy.
Volunteers will receive individual training for their work assignments as well as occasional training with other volunteers in a group.
Currently the Citizen’s Patrol has 21 members. Members are asked to perform 24 hours of service in a 3-month period, which averages to about 8 hours per month or 2 hours a week.
The program is coordinated through our Patrol Support Section under the Patrol Operations Bureau. If you are interested in applying, please call Sergeant Kenneth Page at 727-582-5604.
Our volunteers provide an invaluable level of service and support to the community as well as to Sheriff’s Office members. Your desire to volunteer your time to help others is an excellent example of being a good neighbor and contributes to our overall mission of “Leading The Way For A Safer Pinellas”.