Volunteerism and Community Oriented Policing are concepts embraced by the Sheriff’s Administration and considered essential to the operations of the Carson City Sheriff’s Office. The department staffs a Volunteer Coordinator who oversees all of the services of the units that are functionally active. Within the Sheriff’s Office, volunteer opportunities are available to anyone, from youth to seniors, and through the RSVP program. While volunteers are not compensated for their services, they are required to adhere to all of the policies, ordinances, and laws that pertain to any regular member of the Sheriff’s Office. Volunteers engaged in law enforcement activities are required to be certified by the State of Nevada, Peace Officers Training and Standards (POST), and all of our Volunteer Units are available for dispatch during any community disaster.
Volunteers in Partnership with The Sheriff (VIP's) Program allows citizens to provide support by helping law enforcement and community services. Services include patrol operations, Veterans Services, clerical support, alarm reduction, Chaplains, and many other services.
The Uniformed Reserve Deputy Sheriff Program is a volunteer organization of individuals who provide the Sheriff's Office with additional law enforcement resources to better serve the citizens of Carson City. All Reserve deputies are POST certified law enforcement officers.
The Carson City Search and Rescue Team operates under the direction of the Sheriff and has been called out to search for missing people, locate downed aircraft, secure accident/crime scenes, assist neighboring agencies and participate in community events.
The Aero Squadron dates back to the 1960’s and provides support roles for search and rescue, inmate extradition, and other services. Members of the squadron provide support using their personally owned fixed wing aircraft.
The Mounted Unit Reserve Deputy Sheriff Program is a volunteer organization that provides horse mounted officers to events for crowd control and law enforcement enhancement. All mounted unit deputies are POST certified law enforcement officers.
The Carson City RSVP program allows seniors in the community to volunteer at various organizations throughout the community. To become a member, please contact the local RSVP office in your directory.
The Sheriff’s Office provides for the Cadet/Explorer program sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America. This program provides education and mentoring opportunities to youth between the ages of 13 and 20.
The DARE program of the Sheriff’s Office provides educational and mentoring opportunities for all ages, and among them the youth centered Stellar Squad, comprised of youth who engage in department functions and support to the program.
To inquire about services, or to become a volunteer, contact the Sheriff’s Office at (775) 887-2500, or stop by the office any day during regular business hours