From Sheriff David A. Mahoney                           

            Phone - 884-3168

            Email – sheriffmahoney@tcsonc.org

            Web Site – www.tcsonc.org

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Sheriff’s Volunteer Patrol,

A Valuable Resource To The Sheriff’s Office

 

I recently had a question from a citizen about what the Sheriff’s Volunteer Patrol does.  The Volunteer’s in Partnership with the Sheriff (VIPS), serve in multiple areas within the Sheriff’s Office.  One of those areas is the Sheriff’s Volunteer Patrol.  The dedicated men and women who generously donate their time and talents help to make Transylvania County safer.  They patrol the county acting as extra "Eyes and Ears" for Sheriff’s Deputies. 

 

According to the National Association of Citizens on Patrol, citizen patrol groups have been in use within the United States for over 20 years. The number of individual Citizen Patrol Volunteers within the United States is estimated to be over 75,000 with groups in every state of the nation.  Volunteers donate their time to patrol neighborhoods and respond to specific nonemergency calls-for-service while driving specially marked Sheriff’s Office vehicles. Sheriff’s Patrol Volunteers are not law enforcement officers, but are trained on how to spot suspicious criminal activity.  We are extremely fortunate here in Transylvania County to have a group of individuals willing to volunteer in our community policing efforts.  The Sheriff’s Volunteer Patrol unit duties include:

 

ü  Serving as extra eyes and ears for the officers sharing valuable information about the communities;

 

ü  Performing many duties that do not require sworn personnel such as traffic control at accidents, allowing patrol deputies to better utilize their time serving the community;

 

ü  Providing better visual deterrents and command presence in the communities of Transylvania County;

 

ü  Directing traffic at special events for schools and charitable organizations thus saving these organizations money;

 

ü  Conducting vacation home checks;

 

The Sheriff’s Volunteer Patrol Unit is based on the concept of utilizing the talents and skills of volunteers from within the local community as partners in public safety.  In 2013, the volunteers who patrol logged 3,332 hours for an average of 278 patrol hours per month.  In addition to the hours patrolled, they did 201 vacation home checks.  In the first six months of 2014, the volunteer patrol has logged 1,836 hours for an average of 305 hours per month and conducted 101 vacation home checks.  The volunteer patrol is a vital component of the Sheriff’s Office Community Oriented Policing Program and I appreciate their dedication to making a difference in Transylvania County.

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