Volunteers serve as a valuable resource who assist Sheriff's Office employees in providing quality law enforcement services to the citizens of Seminole County. The Sheriff’s Office accepts volunteers to serve in the following capacities: Citizen on Patrol (CoP), administrative volunteer, reserve deputy sheriff, chaplain, and student volunteer.
- Administrative Volunteers
Administrative volunteers provide a variety of administrative and analytical assistance and are assigned to various divisions where they operate under the manager of the unit and receive training as needed.
- Chaplain Corps
Chaplain Corps members are a part of the religious community who are available for guidance, counseling and comfort for employees and their families, as well as the public. They are members of the International Conference of Police Chaplains.
- Citizens on Patrol
Citizens on Patrol (CoP) patrol the community in specially marked vehicles and assist deputies, when requested, with traffic control, traffic crashes, and disabled vehicles. CoPs also assist with community events, providing escort duties for funeral processions or visiting dignitaries, and helping with special assignments and operations as needed.
- Hearing Officer
Hearing Officers are assigned to the Prosecution Alternatives for Youth (P.A.Y.) Program and assist with Teen Court. They will conduct an informal hearing with the juvenile, the parents or guardian, the victim/complainant, witnesses and law enforcement. Those selected must participate in an eight-week training program.
- Reserve Deputy Sheriff
Reserve deputy sheriffs, who are certified law enforcement officers, conduct routine patrol and law enforcement duties, and are often called upon to assist with securing crime scenes pending completion of investigations. Reserve deputies also assist with large scale and special events.
- Student Volunteers
Student volunteers are college students who would like to volunteer or intern with us but are not receiving school credit to do so.
- Victim Advocates
Volunteer victim advocates assist full-time victim advocates in the Diversified Investigative Services Division by providing assistance to crime victims and their families.
All persons interested in volunteering must undergo a background check that includes fingerprinting; a local, state and national criminal history check; a driver's license check; and completion of a Computerized Voice Stress Analysis.
Community members interested in serving as a Citizen on Patrol or administrative volunteer are required to complete the 15-week Community Law Enforcement Academy
. More information on our volunteer opportunities will be provided during the class.
Community members interested in serving as reserve deputy sheriffs, hearing officers or victim advocates should complete and submit the pre-screen questionnaire found here
For additional information regarding our volunteer programs, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 407-665-6880.