Columbus County Sheriff's Office Citizens Academy

The Columbus County Sheriff's Office offers a Citizen's Academy to citizens of Columbus County. ...

What is the V.O.I.C.E. Program?

The Columbus County Sheriff's Office V.O.I.C.E. Program (Volunteer Observers Impacting Community Efforts) places volunteers in areas where they are needed to assist and support both sworn and non-sworn personnel in the performance of their duties.  The V.O.I.C.E. Program is an asset to the Sheriff's Office, as it creates opportunities for new relationships between the Sheriff's Office and the community.  The V.O.I.C.E. Program increases the available personnel at a minimum cost to the Sheriff's Office.  V.O.I.C.E. Volunteers bring with them a wealth of skills, knowledge, abilities, and an attitude that is positive and productive.  A V.O.I.C.E. Volunteer is a person who contributes his/her time and services to the Sheriff's Office through the Sheriff's Office non-law enforcement services.  The V.O.I.C.E. Program does not replace the need for paid personnel, however, it does supplement and complement the paid personnel.  The V.O.I.C.E. Program encourages citizen involvement in support of the Columbus County Sheriff's Office.  

Are you interested in joining the V.O.I.C.E. Program?

Do you love Columbus County?  Do you desire to show support for your community? 
Do you have spare time that you are willing to dedicate to helping others?  

If you answered yes to these three questions, our V.O.I.C.E. Program might be the perfect opportunity for you to give
back to your community.

V.O.I.C.E. Program Application Process

1.  Complete the V.O.I.C.E. Application and return it to our office.
2.  Complete the personal references form and return it with your application.
3.  If your application is selected for review, you will be fingerprinted and a background check will be
4.  If the investigation is completed of your background and character references without any issues, you will
     be called in for an interview.
5.  If the interview panel feels like you and the V.O.I.C.E. Program will make a great team, you will
     be presented with the opportunity to enter the V.O.I.C.E. - Volunteer Academy.  
6.  If you choose to accept the opportunity, you will attend the Volunteer Academy.
7.  After graduating the Volunteer Academy, you will be assigned to a duty station that is best suitable to
     your skills and abilities.

V.O.I.C.E. Program Requirements

1.  Must be physically able to carry out the duties that you are assigned.  Some examples include:
     If you choose to direct traffic, then you must be able to stand for extended amounts of time.
     If you choose to assist with clerical duties, then you must be able to sit for extended periods of time.
     If you choose to assist with answering the switchboard, then you must be able to speak clearly.
     If you choose to assist with transports, then you must be able to ride in a vehicle, without stopping, 
     to the predetermined, designated location.  
2.  Must not use illegal drugs or abuse prescription drugs.  
3.  Must be proficient in spoken and written English.  
4.  Must be able to commit to a minimum of one (1), four (4) hours shift per each calendar month.
5.  Must complete the Volunteer Academy.
6.  Must not have been convicted of a felony.   





Citizens Academy Program Application

Click on the link below to access the Citizens Academy Application.