On Tuesday, April 9, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office hosted its annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet to celebrate National Volunteer Month and the amazing contributions made by the nearly 800 men and women who dedicate their time to help make Citrus County the safest community in Florida.
“This is just one day that we set aside to say thank you to all the CCSO volunteers for their dedicated efforts all year long” said Senior Services Coordinator, Lee Alexander. “Their ongoing commitment is critical to the success of this agency’s mission. We can never thank them enough.”
CCSO volunteers have an impressive reputation for their charitable work. In 2017, four volunteers were honored with the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award for contributing at least 4,000 hours. At our awards ceremony later this year, we will honor another group of individuals who reached 4,000 hours during 2018.
Volunteer positions are available in almost every division throughout the organization. Patrol Division – Crime Watch and Public Service Officers; Special Operations Division – Animal Control; Emergency Operations – CERT; Finance Division – Sewing Unit; and Criminal Investigations – Cold Case Unit are just a few. Through their combined 80,790 service hours, our volunteers have saved the citizens of Citrus County an estimated $1,994,720.40.
Opportunities are always available:
- Community Patrol – Report suspicious activity to dispatch, perform house checks, and other tasks.
- Clerical – Answer phones, provide resources to the public, and a variety of office work.
- Communications – Assisting 911 call takers, dispatchers, and supervisors.
- Seniors vs Crime – Providing informative guidance to our seniors, preventing scams, and assisting those who may have been victimized.
- Emergency Operations – Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) – Assist with preparedness, responses, and programs relating to disasters.
- Fingerprinting – responsible for fingerprinting for employment, firearms permits, and background checks.
Those interested in becoming a volunteer can visit www.SheriffCitrus.org, hover over the “How Do I” tab, and click “Become a Volunteer”. You may also contact our Senior Services Coordinator, Lee Alexander, at (352) 527-3701 or LAlexander@sheriffcitrus.org.
“In Citrus County we are blessed to have such an active community with the time to dedicate to public safety,” said Sheriff Mike Prendergast. “It is because of their passion that we are able to provide such a wide array of services, without increasing the cost for taxpayers.”