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 2017, the volunteers worked 5,315.50 hours on behalf of the Sheriff’s Office and Yuma County residents. Based on the Independent Sector's national hourly rate for 2017 ($24.69), the value of volunteer labor in 2017 was $131,239.70. Based on the Independent Sector's hourly rate for the State of Arizona ($24.51), the value of volunteer labor in 2017 was $130,282.91.
Printer friendly YCSO Volunteer Program Brochure
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...
Or for more information regarding the YCSO Volunteer Program, please contact:
Sgt. Scott Bjornstad
YCSO Volunteer Coordinator
Tel: (928) 819-2212
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 7:00 AM-5:00 PM
SOLVE Volunteer Program
Tel: (928) 819-2213
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 6:00 AM-2:00 PM