Volunteer Services Unit
The Volunteer Services Unit that works to involve members of the McHenry County community with the Sheriff’s Office. Volunteers are unpaid, non-sworn and unarmed, yet provide valuable assistance to sworn and non-sworn employees of the Sheriff’s Office, performing various duties such as:
- Community functions support
- Crime prevention
- Community relations
- Special event assistance
- Traffic control
- Critical incident assistance
Individuals wishing to serve as a volunteer with the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office must undergo a rigorous background screening process in order to maintain the integrity of the program and of the Sheriff’s Office. To be a Sheriff Volunteer, individuals must meet all of the following requirements:
- Must be at least 18 years of age.
- Must be of high moral character.
- Must be able to pass a criminal background check and investigation.
- Must have a clear criminal history and not have excessive traffic violations.
- Must not be users of illicit substances.
- Must possess a strong desire to serve the county.
- Must be willing and able to work in a team environment.
- Must have successfully completed a McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Police Academy (CPA).
Prior to beginning their duties as Sheriff Volunteers, all individuals must complete an approximately 40-hour training program designed to provide volunteers with the skills and knowledge necessary to safely, efficiently and effectively discharge their duties. Training topics include:
- Sheriff’s Office orientation
- Community relations and crime prevention programming
- Field operations and observation skills
- First Aid/CPR
- Traffic direction
Purpose of the McHenry County Sheriff's Office Volunteer Program
To create a partnership with members of the McHenry County community, increasing transparency within the Sheriff’s Office while simultaneously supplementing the office’s community policing services.