The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Senior Volunteer Program was established in February of 1994. The department sponsors a Senior Volunteer Program for citizens 50 years and older who want to serve their community by promoting safety and service programs (in crime prevention) and valuable assistance to the public at the patrol stations. The Senior Volunteer Patrol is staffed by citizens who are asked to volunteer a minimum of six hours a week. Duties range from assisting with administrative work, patrolling neighborhoods and checking on the welfare of elderly or disabled persons.

All Senior Volunteer Patrol applicants approved for the program attend a formal two-week academy. Some of the topics covered include: Alzheimer’s Safe Return, Crime Prevention, CPR/AED Safety, Department Orientation, Ethics and Rules of Conduct, Radio Training and Basic Traffic Control. To qualify for the Sheriff’s Senior Volunteer Patrol program, all applicants must successfully meet the following requirements:
  • At least 50 years of age
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or legal alien who has applied for citizenship
  • Must possess a valid California Driver’s License and auto insurance
  • Must have medical insurance
  • Good moral character. Conviction of a felony is disqualifying.
  • Physically and emotionally able to perform the duties of the position
  • Must pass a complete background check
  • Pass the two-week Volunteer Patrol Academy course
  • Agree to abide by all department and program rules

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department invites you to join the more than 700 volunteers who provide over 168,000 hours of service per year. Find a station near you for more information: Ask to speak to the SVP Administrator.

If you plan to be away from home, download and fill out the Vacation Check Form and deliver it to your local station. Forms sent via email or mail will not be accepted.