The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Volunteer Unit is comprised of nearly 800 citizens serving Citrus County. Our members come from all walks of life and bring with them many years of life experience. This experience, combined with dedication and a willingness to help fellow citizens, is an excellent example of people “helping one another.”
To volunteer, please contact Lee Alexander, Senior Services Coordinator, at 352-527-3701 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers in this unit are responsible to patrol our communities and look for suspicious or criminal activity in neighborhoods or business areas to report to dispatch. Our community patrol volunteers conduct house checks for those that are away on vacation. They also perform various other tasks that are essential to being a proactive agency.
These volunteers answer phones, provide resources to the public that visit our offices throughout the county, and do a variety of office work.
Volunteer dispatchers monitor community patrol members via radio. Dispatchers work out of the Emergency Operations Center in Lecanto.
Seniors vs. Crime is a joint project of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Attorney General’s Office. It is designed to assist people in the community who have been scammed or taken advantage of.
They can also review proposals, documents and other “offers” to verify their validity before you proceed. Since the program’s inception, the all volunteer staff has recovered over 2.3 million dollars in money and services for residents of the community and has prevented some people from being victimized in the first place.
Assist courtroom personnel and Sheriff’s Office members at the courthouse. Volunteers help with security at the entrance to the courthouse, jury selection and any other non law enforcement tasks that may arise.
Assist Emergency Management with preparedness, responses and programs relating to disasters. For more information please contact Brett Jordan @ 352-249-2704 or e-mail email@example.com.
Our fingerprint volunteers work out of the Emergency Operations Center in Lecanto. They are responsible to fingerprint people for employment, firearms permits and background checks.
This group travels throughout the county and attend different community events. During the events, they photograph, fingerprint and capture DNA (via specific saliva swab) of children. The information gathered is then handed to the parent/ guardian for their records and their sole responsibility to maintain the information. The Sheriff’s Office does not keep a record of the information that gathered. If you would like our Child ID Volunteers to attend your event please contact Dep. Andy McEwen at 527-3701 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our volunteers patrol, and assist citizens that may be bicycling or walking on the Withlacoochee State Trail. We patrol the entire trail from Hernando/ Citrus county line to the trail head in Citrus Springs. Ours volunteers drive a white Ford Ranger with sheriff’s logo on the side of it. You may also see our community patrol vehicles on the trail; this is because they also assist with patrolling the trail that is in their area.
The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Posse is a volunteer equestrian group supervised by agency personnel. These riders assist law enforcement officers when the use of horses is advantageous (Members must provide own horse, tack and transportation). For more information about the mounted posse, please call Major Elena Vitt at 352-341-7402. email@example.com
The PSO program is designed for individuals to supplement the sworn deputy sheriff force by handling specific calls for service not requiring use of law enforcement authority. They investigate traffic accidents, assist in traffic control at any number of events, investigate and generate reports involving vandalism and certain thefts, enforce parking violations, and handle endless other routine duties that a regular sworn deputy would be required to do if they were not there. Specially trained and selected officers serve in the Judicial Division handling civil process service. The PSO program also has a marine unit that does waterborne patrol, and interested officers may seek opportunities in the Crime Prevention Unit.
The commitment for this position is that an applicant must be willing to undergo the extensive training process and agree, once training is complete, to serve a minimum of 1 day per week for an 8 hour shift. The applicant should be willing, within reason, to assist in times of special needs such as hurricane or other natural or manmade events.
If you need more information on the Public Service Officer program, please call 352-726-4488.
Volunteer Policy (For Current Members)
Volunteer Handbook (For Current Members)
Love animals? Looking for a way to give back?
If you answered yes to these questions, our Animal Control Officer volunteer program is for you! The CCSO is looking for animal-loving volunteers to help our hard working Animal Control Officers. These special ACO volunteers will respond to certain types of animal calls like -- animals being left unattended in cars, stray animals, barking complaints and other calls for service. We will provide the training you need and the tools to do the job.
To Become a member of our Volunteer Unit:
* Must be at least 18 years of age *
* Have a valid driver’s license (for Crime Watch/PSO) *
* Pass a background check *
* Complete an interview *