YCSO Volunteers

The Sheriff’s Office volunteer force varies in number depending on the season. Most of the volunteers wear uniforms that clearly identify them as Sheriff’s Office volunteers. They assume responsibilities that might otherwise be assigned to peace officers, for example:

  • Traffic control at all major accidents and major crime scenes
  • Enforcement of handicapped parking
  • Investigate criminal littering
  • Crowd control at special events
  • Verification of taxable personal property
  • Interviewing participants for RUOK?
  • Assist with senior safe programs
  • Neighborhood Watch programs

The remainder of the volunteers report for duty at the Sheriff’s Office substations where they answer phones, speak with people who visit the substations on business, and perform administrative tasks as requested.  By assuming many non-law enforcement responsibilities, the volunteers permit the Deputies to respond to urgent calls for service. 

Value of Volunteer Time
During 2013, the volunteers worked 8,989.75 hours on behalf of the Sheriff’s Office and Yuma County residents. Based on the Independent Sector's national hourly rate for 2013 ($22.55), the value of volunteer labor in 2013 was $202,718.86. Based on the Independent Sector's hourly rate for the State of Arizona ($22.52), the value of volunteer labor in 2013 was $202,449.17.

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Volunteer Academy
The first YCSO Volunteer Academy was held in 2001. The volunteer academy was established mainly to reduce liability by providing training in the tasks or jobs that the volunteers would be performing, such as traffic control, securing a crime scene, etc. Additionally, the volunteers are provided with information regarding the duties of the Sheriff and the mission of the Sheriff's Office.

As of 2006, all Sheriff's Office current volunteers and new volunteer applicants were required to complete the YCSO Volunteer Academy. To date, more than 400 Sheriff's Office voluteers--SOLVE, Posse and Search and Rescue--have completed the Volunteer Academy.

The academy is set up in four phases for a total of 110 hours of training.

Level I - 9 Hours

  • Weapons Requirements
  • Community Oriented Policing (C.O.P.) Philosophy
  • Sheriff's Office League of Volunteer Employees (S.O.L.V.E.)
  • Duties of the Sheriff
  • Yuma County Detention Center Orientation
  • Yuma County Sheriff's Office Structure and Operations
  • Customer Service / Telephone Courtesy
  • Ethics and Professionalism

Level II - 33 Hours

  • Law Enforcement History
  • Crime Prevention
  • Patrol and Observations
  • Basic Crowd Control Techniques
  • Civil Liability
  • Documentation Procedures
  • Court Room Demeanor
  • Basic Traffic Control
  • Overview-Laws of Arrest: Title 13
  • Radio Procedures
  • Drug Recognition
  • Handicap Parking Enforcement
  • Camera Operation and Photo Procedures
  • 7-11 Procedures
  • Delinquent Tax Collection
  • Time Accounting
  • Blood Borne Pathogens
  • Fire Safety
  • Sexual Harassment
  • CPR for the Professional Rescuer
  • Gangs
  • Vehicle Maintenance & Check Out Procedures
  • Defensive Driving

Level III - 18 Hours

  • Use of Force
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Mechanical Restraints & Devices
  • O.C. Spray
  • ASP / Baton Training

Level IV - 50 Hours

  • Basic Pistol Training
  • Day Qualification
  • Night Qualification

All volunteers must complete the first three levels of training. Only volunteers who will carry a firearm will be required to complete the Level IV training.


Uniforms and Equipment
Upon acceptance into SOLVE, volunteers will be provided with a uniform. All other equipment will be the responsibility of the volunteer and must meet requirements set forth by the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office.


To become a volunteer, contact...

Sgt. Ryland Croutch, Volunteer Coordinator
Tel: (928) 819-2212
Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Don Bowen
Tel: (928) 819-2213
Tuesday or Thursday, 8:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.