Volunteer Forces Unit

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.

For general questions regarding our Volunteer Forces Unit, please contact us via email here.

  1. Chaplain Corps
  2. Citizen Volunteers
  3. Explorer Program
  4. Mounted Posse
  5. Reserve Deputy Sheriff
  6. Search and Rescue

The Chaplain Corps is comprised of various clergy from throughout the county who have a heart for those in Law Enforcement. The chaplains are pastors, priests and religious leaders in their communities who volunteer their time to support the men and women working in the Sheriff’s Department. Training and experience in handling emotional situations also enable the chaplains to assist deputies on patrol with calming distraught family members or by just being a shoulder for someone to cry on.  

Want to become part of this elite team? Qualifications to be a Sheriff’s Chaplain generally include:

  • Strong faith, great love, and concern for people.
  • Sufficient education and training.
  • A broad base of life and ministry experience.
  • Demonstrable emotional stability and personal flexibility.
  • A confident personality, an approachable spirit, and an amiable disposition.
  • Genuine love, concern, and compassion for those in law enforcement.
  • A willingness to invest in specialized training.

To learn more about the Sheriff’s Chaplain program, contact the Volunteer Forces Unit.

Click here to download an application. 

Volunteer today!