The Volunteer Services Coordinator is responsible for the administrative management of all volunteers for the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office. For further information on how to become a volunteer, please contact the Volunteer Services Coordinator at 255 E. Gurley Street, Prescott, AZ, or call (928) 771-3281.
Volunteers In Protection (VIP’s) are one of the most visible parts of the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office. These dedicated volunteers bring their own personal talents to the service of all of us here in Yavapai County. They provide valuable support to the various Sections within the Sheriff’s Office and have become an integral part of day-to-day operations.
Citizens who choose to become VIP’s come from all walks of life and can be either an Administrative VIP (non-armed) or an Armed VIP. Those VIP’s who work field positions such as Patrol or Jail Transport will carry a firearm. They also must meet Arizona POST Certified Deputy firearms training, undergo psychological testing, conform to established physical fitness standards and consent to a urinalysis in order to qualify as an Armed VIP. Once an applicant passes the selection process he or she will attend an academy designed specifically for them.
VIP’s provide valuable assistance to virtually every Division, Bureau and Section within the Sheriff’s Office. Members assist the patrol deputies by providing back-up on calls, transport prisoners to jail, provide traffic control at accident scenes and many other law enforcement related activities. VIP’s are also used to process paperwork for the Civil and Warrants, Records and Criminal Investigations.
Persons interested in joining the VIP’s must be at least eighteen (18) years old, a United States Citizen, possess a valid Arizona drivers license, be a resident of Yavapai County and pass a background investigation.
The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office participates in the Law Enforcement Explorer program under an affiliation with the Boy Scouts of America. The program is open to young men and women ages 14 (and completed the 8th grade) and not yet 21 years old with an interest in learning more about careers in the field of Law Enforcement. Law Enforcement Exploring provides educational training programs for young adults on the purposes, mission, and objectives of law enforcement. The program provides career orientation experiences, leadership opportunities, and community service activities. The primary goals of the program are to help young adults choose a career path within law enforcement and to challenge them to become responsible citizens of their communities and the nation.
For additional information, see our Explorers page.