As a Volunteer for the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office, your unique skills are rendered to assist the Sheriff’s Office with a wide variety of duties. Participation in the Volunteer Program allows the Citizens of Clallam County to become involved in Sheriff’s Office activities and to provide assistance to Department Staff. Through these activities and assistance, Volunteers work with the Community to prevent crime, provide services and create a safer environment for Clallam County.
Why Should I Volunteer?
- To make a difference in the Community
- To work with Community Leaders
- To gain valuable experience
- To fulfill personal endeavors and goals
- To improve job skills
- To explore a new career
- Most importantly, because you have the time to donate your valuable services
If you are interested in joining our volunteer team:
- You must be 21 years of age or older.
- You must pass a background check.
- Have a good driving record: (some duties require the use of a county vehicle)
- Must follow Sheriff's Office Policies and Procedures
How Do I Volunteer?
If you are interested in joining our volunteer team:
- Pickup an application in person from the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office,
223 E 4th Street
Port Angeles, WA 98362
- Download a Volunteer Application (PDF), fill it out and return it to the Sheriff's Office.
The application consists of 3 sections:
- Welcome and Orientation section (8 pages)
- Application (3 pages)
- Release and Disclosure Forms (4 pages)
- Volunteer Handbook (PDF)
- Search and Rescue Member Handbook (PDF)
- Olympic Discovery Trail Bike Patrol Member Handbook (PDF)
- Review all sections.
- Print out pages 19-20 to review and sign.
- Turn in to the Volunteer Coordinator at the address above.
If you have any questions, call the Community Policing Services Coordinator at 360-417-2262 or email the Sheriff.
How Will My Skills Be Utilized?
The Department currently has various programs that utilize Volunteers. You let us know what your area of expertise is or you can attend Department training to participate in programs that require specialized skills. Volunteers are needed throughout the Sheriff’s Office in a wide variety of areas. You decide!
Community Policing Team
View the Community Policing Team Page.
- Administrative Support:
Tasks are varied, and extensive, and include answering phones, filing records, data entry, providing visitor information, assisting in fingerprinting, photography, research, and more!
- Chaplain Program:
Provide ministerial service on an inter-denominational basis to members of the Sheriff's Office and residents of Clallam County. Chaplains must be at least eighteen years of age, have a minimum of five years experience in the ministry, be an ordained or licensed minister and be an ecclesiastically certified person in good standing. Chaplains are readily available on a continuous basis regardless of the day, time, or holiday to respond to crime scenes in a time of crisis, sorrow, illness, or injury, and to assist with death notifications.
- 9-1-1 Cell Phone Bank:
Collect, recycle and distribute cell phones to Clallam County residents who are unable to afford an emergency cell phone.
- Project Lifesaver:
Volunteers are trained to respond in the event of a search for missing persons enrolled in the Project Lifesaver Program and assist in changing the bands and batteries once a month.
- Neighborhood Watch:
Educate the residents on crime prevention through presentations and participation at health fairs. Place the Radar Trailer on streets in the County when requested by residents to assist in reducing speed.
Emergency Operations Center
View the Emergency Operations Center Page.
- Map Your Neighborhood (MYN):
Volunteers are trained to present the 90-minute MYN program designed to organize neighborhoods on how to respond in the first hour of a disaster when lives can be saved by quick action.
Search & Rescue
View the Search & Rescue Page.
- The Clallam County Search and Rescue Team is comprised of volunteers who dedicate themselves to search and rescue, specializing in urban and wilderness SAR Operations. Search and Rescue personnel are required to complete Clallam County training before being certified.
Presidents Volunteer Service Awards
Established in 2003, the Award was created by President George W. Bush to give Presidential recognition to individuals, families, and groups who meet requirements for volunteer service, measured by the number of service hours performed over 12 months.
The Sheriff’s Office participates in the Presidents Volunteer Service Awards program, a national program recognizing Americans who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to volunteer service.
“We are extremely proud to recognize our most outstanding volunteers with the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Clallam County Sheriff’s Office volunteers are role models in our community, donating their time, energy, and talent to bring us closer together as neighbors and a Nation. The Award is our way of thanking these volunteers and inspiring everyone in our community to make volunteering a central part of their lives.”
~ Bill Benedict, Sheriff
“Even if you’ve never volunteered before, the President’s Volunteer Service Award is within your reach. There are so many ways to contribute, and every volunteer hour makes a difference in improving the quality of life for others. We encourage everyone to get involved and to bring along your family, friends, and neighbors. Together, we can strengthen America - one hour at a time.”
~ Lorraine Shore, Community Policing Services Coordinator