The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is very fortunate to be augmented by a large pool of civilian volunteers. Our volunteers assist with office duties, staff satellite stations, and our Chaplain Unit
, Citizen Patrol
, Mounted Posse
, and Search and Rescue
, and TRIAD
units are comprised totally of volunteers. Another important volunteer unit is our Reserve Deputy Sheriffs
. The Reserves frequently assist full-time deputies in Jail and Patrol duties.
Approximately sixty additional volunteers work in our substations and as support staff in the main office.
Our volunteers have donated over 62,000 hours of service. Calculating the national average worth of volunteer work, our volunteers have saved our county in excess of $1,022,000.00
Anyone interested in joining one of our volunteer programs should call 775-782-9931
The Chaplain Unit provides critical emotional support to citizens affected by a traumatic event. Chaplains accompany deputies when difficult news is to be delivered to an individual or family. Each of Douglas County Sheriff's four Chaplains receives specialized training for these delicate, and often emotional, duties.
The Citizen Patrol consists of approximately forty-three volunteers. The Citizen Patrol enforces handicap parking restrictions, conducts home vacation checks, initiates the removal of abandoned vehicles, conducts radar trailer placement, completes office reports and assists our department as needs arise.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse is a non-profit, volunteer organization whose members have an interest in horses and a desire to serve the community. The Mounted Posse assists Search and Rescue, and in the event of fire, flood, or other disasters
that might require the relocation of large animals, the Posse is prepared to work with owners and emergency management services for evacuation purposes. Each year, the Posse presents a scholarship to a high school senior who plans to pursue further education in criminal justice or animal science. The Posse has funded more than $10,000 in scholarships since the beginning of the program in 1999. For more info, call Mike Murphy at 782-1991 or visit our website at www.dcsmposse.com.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office maintains a fully operational and trained Reserve unit. Reserve Deputy Sheriffs are constantly performing duties in either the jail or patrol divisions. Reserve Deputy Sheriff applicants must pass a written test, oral interview, physical agility test, background examination, a psychological test, medical examination, and a polygraph test. All Douglas County Reserve Deputies must complete an approved 220-hour Nevada P.O.S.T. reserve academy, and demonstrate proficiency in basic law enforcement skills. For more information on our reserve deputy program please contact Captain Joseph Duffy.
Search and Rescue
Those interested in joining or want more information about joining DCSAR should call 782-9930 or visit their website at http://www.douglassar.org
TRIAD Senior Programs
TRIAD is a volunteer service organization combining a cooperative agreement between the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, East Fork Fire and Paramedic District, Tahoe Douglas Fire District, Douglas County Senior Services, State Of Nevada Aging and Disability, Carson Valley Medical Center, Douglas County Ministerial, Lake Tahoe Nevada Senior Center and Senior Volunteers, committed to enhancing the quality of life for our senior citizens.
The following are current TRIAD programs offered free to the public:
The Sunshine Program - Birthday cards are delivered to meals on wheels clients.
The File of Life - A refrigerator magnet that contains your medical history and what medications you are on, in the event you are unable to tell paramedics yourself.
Senior Law Enforcement Academy - A one week program designed to educate our senior citizens in the various areas of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the services provided.
Senior for a Day Program - Annual celebration to honor four seniors in Douglas County with a luncheon in their honor. Gift baskets are presented to them and they share their stories with the TRIAD members.
Senior Education Seminars - Senior Education seminars dedicated to address the challenges facing senior citizens by providing prevention education, raising awareness of safety and to enhance quality of life.
Senior I.C.E. Program - Stands for "In Case of Emergency" and addresses the need to create emergency contacts in personal cell phones.
To sign up for any of the above programs or for information about TRIAD call 775-782-9941.