Citizen Patrol is a group of community-spirited citizens who provide a minimum of 16 hours of their time per month to assist the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office performing non-hazardous patrol duties.
Patrol Volunteers can be identified by their light blue shirts, navy blue trousers, and gold, blue and red shoulder sheriff emblem. Office Report Writers have a dark Navy Polo shirt with the Sheriff’s embroidered badge.
Citizen Patrol has various responsibilities, primarily non-hazardous duties, which have traditionally been performed by patrol deputies. This program, therefore, allows patrol deputies to perform the more hazardous duties that they have been trained to do; thus, helping the department to better achieve its goal of serving the community.
Some examples of the duties that the Citizen Patrol performs are:
- Home vacation checks
- VIN checks for purchased vehicles before registering at DMV
- Handicap parking enforcement
- Transporting DCSO vehicles to and from the maintenance facility
- Assistance with special events such as Kid’s Fishing Derby, Pony Express, Drug Round-up, Law Enforcement Memorial and Parades
- Office Report Writers take Lost and Found reports
- Traffic control for Fires, Floods, other emergencies and requests for our Patrol services
- Red Tagging and Impounding abandoned vehicles
- Radar unit placement
- Red curb parking enforcement
- CareTrak maintenance
- Locating and reporting of graffiti
- Manning Phones at the Emergency Call center for floods, etc
- Being the Eyes and Ears of the Sheriff’s Office