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Volunteer Opportunities:

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office Corps of Volunteers is a collective citizens group with a true and common desire to partner with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office by volunteering their services while learning more about the internal workings of the Sheriff's Office. As the population in El Paso County increases, so does the demand for service on the Sheriff's Office. The use of citizen volunteers assists the Sheriff's Office in the meeting of these demands and as the demand continues to grow, so will the need for active citizen participation.

"Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him."
– Albert Schweitzer

  Specific Areas of Need:
The Language Services Volunteer Unit is seeking volunteer Spanish translators. Please submit your completed General Volunteer Application to the Volunteer Program Coordinator for processing.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Be a law-abiding citizen with good intent.
  • Be honest on the El Paso County Sheriff's Office volunteer application.
  • Pass a thorough background investigation.
  • Pass a polygraph examination if required.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age, 21 for some positions.

Specific Requirements:

Each volunteer position has unique qualifications and requirements. Inquire about specific training, qualifications and requirements at any time by contacting the Volunteer Program Coordinator at 719-520-7216. Below is a listing of the various areas of opportunity within the volunteer program with a brief description of the specific volunteer position.

  Volunteer Opportunities:

Language Services: Provides Sheriff’s Office personnel with language translation services in the correctional and law enforcement environments and in some administrative capacities. The position requires some assigned standing shifts, as well as, being scheduled “on call” via pager or phone.

Reserve Deputy: Performs all duties necessary to ensure the security and welfare of staff, inmates, and the community of El Paso County. Patrols an assigned district, enforces applicable civil statutes; answers service calls; conducts criminal investigations; issues summons and complaints; files cases with the District Attorney’s Office and testifies in court.

Sheriff’s Citizen Patrol: The Sheriff’s Citizen Patrol is a citizen based program that allows residents of El Paso County the ability to volunteer within their community performing law enforcement related duties that do not require a sworn officer. The program allows its volunteers to actively participate in a wide variety of areas in law enforcement that were historically unavailable.

Cadet/Explorer: This position provides an introduction for young adults to careers in Law Enforcement and Detention. Cadets assist with parades, ceremonies, conferences, etc. while receiving invaluable training, obtaining leadership experience, and broadening their knowledge of law enforcement.

Patrol Chaplain: Provide comfort, counseling and spiritual guidance to all Sheriff’s Office members, sworn and civilian. Assist during times of tragedy, such as serious injuries, accidental and natural death, homicides and suicides. Provide invocations and benedictions at Sheriff’s Office functions. Make death notifications.

Victim Advocate: Assist victims of violent crimes with short-term crisis intervention, providing information and referrals.

Range Assistant: Assist the Range Master with a variety of duties, such as, preparing and repairing targets; recording range scores, etc.

Citizens' Advisory Council Member: In addition to serving as a conduit from the Sheriff’s Office to the community, members also provide feedback to the office regarding budget reviews, new and current programs, and community issues.

  Inmate Programs:

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Facilitator: Conduct weekly groups using 12-step method and provide a voluntary fellowship of men and women to attain and maintain sobriety.

Narcotics Anonymous Facilitator: Similar to AA Facilitator, except narcotics addictions are the center of recovery.

Detention Chaplains: Provide spiritual worship services and counseling to the inmate population.

Mail Room Assistant: Assist Postal Technician with mail distribution.

  Emergency Services Division Opportunities:

Wildland Fire Crew Member: As an on-call Wildland firefighter, respond to and suppress fires in El Paso County and surrounding areas.

Search and Rescue: Team members provide search and rescue services primarily in the El Paso County jurisdiction; although may be asked to respond to requests for assistance from other counties through a cooperative arrangement with the Colorado Search and Rescue Board.

Office of Emergency Management: Volunteers with a background or experience in emergency management, emergency response, writing emergency plans, planning and coordinating exercises or other emergency management related tasks are needed. Members will assist in writing and coordinating county plans and exercises, working with schools to assist them in emergency planning, teaching or coordinating public education, etc.

RACES Member: Operate amateur radios and equipment to provide alternate communications and information during times of disaster or large-scale emergencies. An amateur FCC license is not required for initial applicants but will be a requirement of the volunteer to obtain within six months of membership.

Range Assistant: Assist the Range Master with a variety of duties, such as, preparing and repairing targets; recording range scores, etc.

Hazmat Technician: Responds to hazardous material releases in El Paso County and controls and mitigates hazardous materials spills.

Community Animal Response Team (CART): This position is no longer administered by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. If you are interested in applying for this position, please contact Jan Povenmire of the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region at (719) 302-8721 or visit their website at www.hsppr.org. The Community Animal Response Team (CART)is an all-volunteer team comprised of citizens from El Paso and Teller Counties. Members are trained to perform animal (pet and livestock) rescue, evacuation, and sheltering operations during emergencies and disasters. This team is composed of volunteers that are dedicated to the safety and well-being of pets and livestock that require evacuation and/or sheltering during emergencies. Additionally, during extended utility outages (usually due to heavy snow or ice), CART members will assist in the moving of water, and potentially feed, to livestock once roads are opened. CART members are trained in animal handling, animal rescue, and animal sheltering operations and will be required to operate as part of a 2-4 person team when activated by the County Emergency Manager. The Teams are divided into large animal and small animal teams. CART members can be trained for both teams. Volunteers must be willing to attend numerous training sessions and events to become a certified CART member. Most training is conducted during weekends and in the evenings.

Emergency Rehab Response Team: Volunteers assist in providing for the physical and personal needs of the individuals who respond to emergency situations. This includes providing food and fluid replenishment, rest for exhausted emergency personnel, medical evaluations, and emotional support.

  Clerical/Customer Service:

Clerical Assistant - Training: Clerical work in the training section.

Inmate Classification: Data entry and general clerical duties.

Intake and Release Assistant: Utilize customer service skills to field inquiries from the public; receive money and bonds for inmates; filing and general clerical duties.

Office of Emergency Management Administrative Assistant: Work to help the Administrative Assistant with daily duties and special projects.

Records and Reports Assistant: Assist records personnel with maintaining records and reports.

Event Assistant: Assist Volunteer Program Coordinator with Sheriff's Office events and event planning.

"One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind.
– Malayan Proverb

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office currently has over 500 active volunteers. These dedicated men and women give back to the El Paso County community in many ways. Each year, this office recognizes one of our volunteers with the Volunteer of the Year Award. In 2012 this honor was bestowed upon our volunteer Mounted Unit Instructor, Lea Reynolds. Lea has worked tirelessly for over sixteen years training our deputies to be more effective and safe as they perform their mounted duties. The Outstanding Volunteer Team Award was presented to our Sheriff’s Citizen Patrol team for their excellent work in supporting the office and our Patrol Section. These men and women have proven themselves to be crucial to the office and are instrumental in helping those they serve provide a greater level of service to the community.

During 2012, the Sheriff's Office volunteers provided an astounding 95,352 hours of service, which resulted in an estimated financial benefit of $2,294,526.00 to the citizens of El Paso County.

Are you ready to bring your knowledge, skills, abilities and interest in Community Oriented Policing to assist the El Paso County Sheriff's Office? If you, or someone you know is interested in becoming an El Paso County Sheriff's Office volunteer, please print, complete, and send the volunteer application form to:

Volunteer Program Coordinator

El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

27 East Vermijo Avenue

Colorado Springs, CO 80903

For additional information, please contact the Volunteer Program Coordinator at (719) 520-7216.

How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”
– William Shakespeare

  Volunteer Applications for Download
 General Volunteer Application

 Reserve Deputy Application

 Student Intern Application

 Cadet Application

To find out more about the Support Services Bureau, click on any of the links located below.

Support Services Bureau - Sections & Units

   Sheriff's Office Facilities Information

Office of the Sheriff
27 East Vermijo Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO. 80903


Metro Detention Facility
210 South Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO. 80903

Criminal Justice Center
2739 East Las Vegas
Colorado Springs, CO. 80906



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