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Community Assistance Patrol
Overview
It is the goal of the Sheriff's Office to enlist the voluntary services of citizens to improve the efficiency and productivity of the Office. The program is an effort to provide non-law enforcement services via community involvement thus allowing certified deputies more time to respond to calls that require law enforcement.

Volunteering in law enforcement is expanding. As a law enforcement agency, we are seeking citizen's support in combating and deterring crime through community involvement, keeping in line with the Community Policing philosophy, whereas the police and community join together as partners and work as a team.

Through the C.A.P. Program, we will not only improve the overall quality of life in the community, but we will broaden our communications network along with bringing in new skills and expertise to the Sheriff's Office.

Duties and Responsibilities
To include, but not limited to:
  • Traffic direction and control
  • Business and residential checks
  • Crime scene securement and searches
  • Parade and funeral escorts
  • Fingerprinting
  • Educational presentations based on skills and expertise
  • Crime Prevention and Neighborhood Watch programs
  • Patrol checks
  • Mail delivery within the Office

Minimum Requirements
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Frederick County, Maryland resident
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Possess the ability to perform duties required
  • Possess a valid Maryland Driver's License
  • High School Diploma or G.E.D.
Selection Process
  • Complete Volunteer Application, Release of Liability, and Applicant Confidentiality Agreement forms
  • Successfully pass background investigation
  • Submit to drug test
  • Oral interview
  • Successfully pass required training

Training
  • Consists of, but not limited to:
  • Traffic direction and control
  • CPR
  • Community Policing
  • Defensive driving
  • Cultural awareness
  • Crime scene securement and search
  • Fingerprinting
  • Crime Prevention

At the conclusion of the training, C.A.P. Volunteers will be assigned to patrol Frederick County utilizing county vehicles equipped with a police radio. Vehicles will be distinctly identified in order to distinguish from a marked patrol vehicle. Volunteers will also be issued a uniform which will clearly identify them as a civilian volunteer.

C.A.P. Volunteers will not be armed and will not have arrest or law enforcement powers.

Benefits
  • Relieves sworn personnel for other duties
  • Increases police responsiveness
  • Enlists new skills and expertise
  • Broadens communication network
  • Increases personal dedication
  • Contributes to problem solving
  • Enhances law enforcement and community partnerships