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Volunteer Positions with the Sheriff's Department
Explore the various volunteer positions available with the Sheriff's Department:

Cadet Program
The purpose of the Pierce County Sheriff's Department Cadet Program is to familiarize young adults between the age of 15 and 21 with the procedures and qualifications of the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. It is also designed to attract those interested in a law enforcement career while promoting communication and understanding between the Sheriff's Department personnel and the community.

Search & Rescue
The Pierce County Sheriff's Department search and rescue volunteers are a well trained group of specialists who provide a wide array of support. Search and rescue volunteers are involved in such diverse activities as dog handlers to swift water rescue. In many respects the department would not have a search and rescue program were it not for our volunteers.

Sheriff's Posse
The Mounted Posse continues the grand tradition of the old west by providing volunteer services to the sheriff and the community. The sheriff's posse is best known for its high profile in parades and rodeos, but the posse also provides community support through various events and fundraisers. The posse may also assist the community at many functions such as horse security patrol at local rodeos and fairs and other events, and provide eyes and ears for the Sheriff's Department during the summer months in the county parks and bike trails.

Volunteers in Policing (VIP)
The VIP Program was established in 1992 as a direct result of community policing. Volunteers in this category provide a wide array of services at many department work sites. Volunteer activities include answering phones, greeting citizens, filing documents, data entry and a host of additional administrative support functions. Volunteers are also used in the following areas:
  • Administrative support 
  • Air operations 
  • Apartment notification project 
  • Block watch 
  • Business crime watch 
  • Chaplin service 
  • Citizen neighborhood patrol 
  • Citizen patrol 
  • Citizen speed watch 
  • Cold case investigations 
  • Citizen Contact and Resource Education (CARE) Project 
  • Corrections 
  • Crime analysis 
  • Criminal investigations division 
  • Crime prevention unit 
  • Crime stoppers 
  • Disabled parking enforcement 
  • Forensics 
  • Home alarm project 
  • Information technology services 
  • Law Enforcement Education Achievement and Prevention (LEEAP) youth mentoring 
  • Missing persons 
  • Pretrial services 
  • Property crime call back 
  • Sex offender reporting program 
  • Special investigations 
  • Warrants

If You Are Interested
Do you have special skills that could help our community and a little extra time? Does the idea of volunteering with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department appeal to you? Contact our volunteer coordinator at (253) 798-3651, or complete the Pierce County Sheriff's Department citizen volunteer pre-application form and return it to:
Pierce County Sheriff's Department Volunteer Program
930 Tacoma Ave. S.
Tacoma, WA 98402