When you go to work on Monday, and someone asks, “What did you do this weekend?”, wouldn’t it be great to say, “I saved a life”? There is little that is more satisfying than making a difference in someone’s life. What better way than volunteering for the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Special Deputy Unit. For the more than 100 volunteers, making a difference happens often. They use their skills and dedicated service to help connect the Sheriff’s Office to the community with specialized training, through educational workshops, and heavy involvement in community events. Think you’re too old? More than half of the Special Deputies are over 40 years of age. Regardless of your age, experience level, or chosen occupation, knowing you are making a difference in your community is extremely rewarding.
- Volunteers are highly-trained and carry out essential duties.
- Volunteers don’t have to enter the program with experience in law enforcement or emergency medicine. The Sheriff’s Office provides extensive training.
- Most volunteers give their time because they want to help their community.
- You must be at least 21-years-old and undergo a background investigation to serve as a special deputy.
Regardless of the unit, all special deputies need to have a strong desire to help others, compassion, and time. The initial training program to become a special deputy is a seven week Reserve School which takes place for three hours, one night per week. Once sworn in as a Special Deputy, classroom and field training will continue throughout the year. All special deputies are required to volunteer 192 hours per year – or just 16 hours per month.
Hennepin County Sheriff special deputies have many reasons for wanting to volunteer their time. Some are interested in furthering their career in law enforcement. Most are looking for a way to better serve their community. They are our eyes and ears and take pride in serving with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office.
Special deputies volunteer their time to serve with four different units all under the Volunteer Service Division of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, each offering a unique volunteer experience. To learn more, please contact SGT Cline at 612-328-7555 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. To apply directly and read application requirements, click here.
Click HERE to watch a youtube video of our volunteers in action!