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Volunteers in the Sheriff's Department

Public safety is everybody's business. Volunteers have always played a key role in law enforcement. By involvement in their community, citizens may determine the character of life at their own doorstep.

As the Sheriff of Riverside County, I fully believe in the value of the Citizen Volunteer Program and encourage you to join our law enforcement team. The Riverside County Sheriff's Department welcomes volunteer service. There are many avenues available to you to fulfill this goal of making Riverside County a better and safer place to live.

Volunteer Training

The Sheriff's Ben Clark Training Center has a Citizen's & Posse Academy Course that is available for free to all Riverside County Sheriff's volunteers.  Click here to view the flyer and scheduled classes.

What Can You Do?

There are volunteer opportunities for all ages and skills in the Riverside Sheriff's Department. Some of the opportunities are:

  • Reserve Deputy
    This is a volunteer organization of individuals who provide the Department with additional law enforcement resources to better serve the citizens of Riverside County. A Reserve Deputy Sheriff has peace officer powers while on duty, in accordance with the laws of the State of California.

Reserve Deputy Sheriff assignments may include field operations, correctional operations, various special programs, events and other assignments at the direction of the Sheriff.
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  • Citizen Volunteers
    Citizen volunteers do not require the special law enforcement training of a Reserve Deputy Sheriff. Volunteers do not carry a weapon or make arrests.

They do act as essential "eyes and ears" in service to the community while working with Sheriff's staff. Volunteers may work in a myriad of assignments including within their own neighborhood, at a correctional facility, in patrol operations, clerical support, investigations, accounting, computer entry and many more.
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  • ExplorerExplorer Program
    Law Enforcement Exploring is a division of the Boy Scouts of America that gives youth a hands-on look at what a career in law enforcement is really like.

Explorers act as an extra set of eyes and ears for officers and assist them on various calls. They serve the community in various ways such as directing traffic at special events, crime prevention programs and light security details and can participate in the ride-a-long program once they become eligible.
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  • Mounted PosseSheriff's Mounted Posse
    Today’s Sheriff’s Posse has been in existence throughout the county for over 60 years assisting in search and rescue, crowd control and at special events.

There are currently seven Posse Troops, with troops assigned to the Cabazon Station, Hemet Station, Indio Station, Jurupa Valley Station, Lake Elsinore Station, Perris Station and the Southwest Station, with members totaling 105. Each is responsible for the purchase, care and upkeep of their horses and related equipment.
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  • Mounted PosseSearch & Rescue
    Riverside County search and rescue teams are an essential component of the Sheriff's Department as they are primarily responsible for all search and rescue missions involving lost or stranded persons in the County of Riverside.

Members respond to a variety of locations including: desert landscapes, woodland areas, and rocky and mountainous terrain. Members may also be requested under the California Mutual Aid System to respond to other counties for search requests or natural disasters.
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Station Volunteer Coordinators
Cabazon   951-922-7100
Colorado River   760-921-7900
Eastvale   951-955-2600
Hemet   951-791-3400
Indian Wells   760-836-1600
Jurupa Valley   951-955-2600
Lake Elsinore   951-245-3300
La Quinta   760-863-8990
Moreno Valley   951-486-6700
Norco   951-955-2600
Palm Desert   760-836-1600
Perris   951-210-1000
Rancho Mirage   760-836-1600
San Jacinto   951-654-2702
Southwest   951-696-3000
Thermal   760-863-8990
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