Farmhouse and Barn in Winter, Kootenai County.
The Sheriff’s Office is fortunate to have capable citizens willing to offer their time and skills in so many different venues while providing a tremendous service and save countless hours for our uniformed and civilian personnel.
While there are other volunteer opportunities within the Sheriff's Office (Search and Rescue, COPS, Chaplain Corps), this link is specific to our In-House volunteer opportunities.
On behalf of Sheriff Wolfinger and all staff at the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, we appreciate your willingness to offer your time to help out where you can and we will work to find the best fit for your interests and our needs.
Currently, volunteers are needed in the following areas, but are not limited to:
The KCSO Citizens on Patrol (COP'S) Program was established to enhance the relationship between the citizens of Kootenai County and the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office, as well as provide an instrument which enables citizens of the respected communities to assist the Sheriff's Office with duties and service which would otherwise not be available. The first COP’s group was implemented in the Harrison and Cataldo areas in the spring of 2004. Since that time, a program was implemented in the Athol / Bayview area in the summer of 2005, another group in the Mica / Worley area during the spring of 2007 and the fourth group in the Hayden area in 2008.
Each volunteer receives up to 40 hours of instruction during their Citizen’s Academy, which is designed to inform and educate them about how the Sheriff’s Office operates and for them to gain an understanding of the challenges facing law enforcement in this rapidly growing community. The Citizen's Academy also provides an opportunity for open discussions and participants are encouraged to share comments and ideas regarding problems and solutions.
Graduates of the Citizen’s Academy may then attend a Citizen on Patrol Academy, which consists of an additional 30 hours of instructions. Each Citizen on Patrol Academy applicant must pass a background check before being selected to attend the Academy and become a COP’s member. Once they complete their training, COP’s members patrol their communities in a specially marked COP’s vehicle, in two person teams. They assist the Sheriff’s Office with security checks, traffic control, VIN/HIN inspections, and home safety inspections and during special events in their community (i.e. parades, fire work displays, school functions etc.). During inclement weather COP’s members also check on disabled and elderly citizens in their communities.
The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office’s Citizen on Patrol Programs have been a tremendous success for both our department, and those citizens wishing to give back to their communities through the hours they volunteer.
If you would like more information on this program, contact Sergeant Will Klinkefus at (208) 446-1300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Announcing a Multi-Agency Citizens Academy starting January 12, 2016 to be held in cooperation with Post Falls Police Department, Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department, Rathdrum Police, and the Coeur d’Alene Police Department.
The Citizens Academy is free to the public. The purpose of the Academy is to develop positive relations between law enforcement and the community through education. The Academy is structured as an informational program to give citizens a broad based understanding of the inner workings of local law enforcement. The Academy provides opportunities for open discussion with law enforcement officers, and agency leaders. Academy participants learn how local law enforcement agencies operate and gain an understanding of the challenges facing law enforcement in our rapidly growing community. Citizens participating will also have an opportunity to learn about and apply for volunteer positions available within the departments.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have no misdemeanor conviction of any crime of violence, not be the subject of any pending criminal investigation or criminal court case, and not be the respondent of an active No Contact Order or Civil Protection Order. Applicants with a felony conviction will not be selected to attend the Citizen’s Academy. The deadline for postmarked applications is December 21, 2015.