Volunteers needed for Citizens On Patrol

Volunteers receive special training and work in teams of two; uniforms and vehicles provided

The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office’s Citizens On Patrol program is in need of volunteers to support special services offered to the community.

“Applications are now open for volunteers dedicated to helping others who want to support the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office while improving the quality of life for citizens,” a statement from KCSO reads.

The Citizens On Patrol program offers the opportunity for these volunteers to interact with the community, enforce handicap and other parking regulations, perform courtesy boat inspections, conduct security checks on homes, support community events with traffic control and citizen outreach, and inspect junk vehicles to facilitate removal.

While performing these duties, unit members serve as the eyes and ears of law enforcement, report suspicious activity and safely supplement the Sheriff’s Office’s presence throughout Kitsap County.

“This is an ideal program for retired law enforcement and military personnel, and others, to help out, enjoy the camaraderie of fellow volunteers and be one of the county volunteers who help make Kitsap the best place to live, work and play,” the statement continues.

Citizens On Patrol volunteers receive special training and work in teams of two. Training, uniforms and vehicles are provided. Volunteers must be able to pass extensive criminal and credit background checks including a polygraph exam, have an excellent driving record, commit to about 16 hours per month and attend monthly training sessions and meetings.

Those working full time or serving on active military duty may find it difficult to meet these time commitments, the agency said in the release.

For more information, visit kcowa.us/volunteer or contact Kitsap County Volunteer Services at 360-337-4650.

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