One of the promises that Sheriff Bill Prim made during his run for office was the creation of a volunteer corps.
This press release tells of how he intends to implement it:
McHenry County Sheriff’s Office rolls out new Volunteer Program
On June 11, 2015, the first four members of the McHenry County community joined the Sheriff’s Office and began their training to serve as volunteers with the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.
This core group of individuals is made up of graduates of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Police Academy and underwent a rigorous screening process before beginning their training.
All come from all different backgrounds within the McHenry County community, providing a great representation of the communities which the Sheriff’s Office serves.
The Volunteer Services Unit of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office is designed to create a partnership with members of the McHenry County community, improving transparency within the Sheriff’s Office while simultaneously supplementing the office’s community policing services.
In a time when government is asked to do more with less, the volunteer program provides a cost-effective and inventive way to supplement programs already in place, while permitting the development of new programs to better serve the McHenry County community.
Following the completion of an approximately 40-hour training curriculum, volunteers will be working alongside members of the Sheriff’s Office in its daily operations.
Volunteers will assist sworn and non-sworn members of the Office in various functions, including special event support, traffic control, community relations and crime prevention.
Additionally, volunteers will serve as ambassadors to their communities, providing a forum for discussion and representation.
Volunteers will have continuing education, ensuring they have up-to-date training and information in performing their duties.
McHenry County Sheriff Volunteers are non-sworn, unpaid members who do not have enforcement powers, and supplement the department’s resources already in place. Volunteers do not supplant Sheriff’s Deputies or civilian personnel.
The program is partly-funded utilizing proceeds seized from criminal enterprises, costing McHenry County only a nominal amount.
Volunteers will be graduating from the basic training program on Tuesday July 7, 2015.
To learn more about the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Volunteer program, please contact Volunteer Coordinator/ Community Projects Manager Hank Prim at HOPrim@co.mchenry.il.us or at 815-334-2064.
Interested in volunteering?
Take the first step by registering for the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Police Academy, to take place this fall. Please visit our website, www.mchenrysheriff.org, for additional Citizen Police Academy information.