MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

General Order


CHAPTER: 038

TITLE: Volunteer Program

EFFECTIVE DATE:

August 19, 2009

NO. PAGES: 8

AMENDED/REVISED: 06/14/2017

REFERENCE:

CALEA 16 and 45

CFA 2.08

RESCINDS:

Chapter 38: Reserve Deputy Program (effective date 06.04.2002)

Special Order: Reserve Deputies – Paid Assignments, 01.12.2004

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Sheriff of Monroe County

POLICY: Volunteers are a valuable component of any modern law enforcement agency. The Sheriff's Office has volunteers to augment the delivery of law enforcement services and offer opportunities for community involvement. All volunteers are subject to the rules, regulations, policies and procedures of the Sheriff’s Office.


PROCEDURE


Classifications of Service


There are three (3) classifications of volunteer service:


Reserve Deputy: Any candidate who seeks full-time reserve deputy status with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office must successfully attend and pass a Basic Law Enforcement Academy This individual must also receive certification from the State of Florida, Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission as a Law Enforcement Officer. In addition, the candidate must successfully complete the Office's Field Training Officer program or a parallel/similar Field Training Officer program from another law enforcement agency. A Reserve Deputy will be authorized to carry a firearm and less lethal weapons while in the course of his/her duties.

Reserve Deputies have full police powers and discretion by appointment. A Reserve Deputy works less than full time with or without compensation.


Reserve Deputies generally assist full-time sworn Deputy Sheriffs in the day- to- day delivery of law enforcement services and for emergencies. [CALEA 16.3.1]


Training Division personnel will review the training records for the successful completion of a Field Training Officer program for a candidate offering their participation in a parallel/similar Field Training Officer program from another law enforcement agency. Training Division personnel will conduct a thorough review of the training records taking into consideration the candidate's years of previous law enforcement experience and the length of time between severing employment with a law enforcement agency and applying for full-time reserve deputy status. Training Division personnel will make a recommendation to the Sheriff or his designee for acceptance, or denial of, full-time reserve deputy status.

Note: CFA, CALEA, and FDLE refers to this class of volunteer as “sworn member or part-time sworn member,” “Reserve,” and “Law Enforcement Officer; respectively”


Auxiliary Deputy: An Auxiliary Deputy has limited law enforcement authority. The individual received certification from the State of Florida, Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission as an Auxiliary Law Enforcement Officer or received certification from the State of Florida, Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission as a Law Enforcement Officer. The Auxiliary Deputy is not formally enrolled in or has not completed the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Field Training Officer program or a parallel/similar Field Training Officer program from another law enforcement agency. Auxiliary Deputy will not be authorized to carry a firearm or less than lethal weapons during the course of his/her duties.

An Auxiliary Deputy volunteers his or her time to the Office. And works under the direct span of control of a Deputy Sheriff or a Reserve Deputy Sheriff. (CFA and FDLE use the term “auxiliary member” and “auxiliary law enforcement officer” to describe this class of volunteer, respectively)


Civilian Volunteer: A volunteer, who is not a sworn law enforcement officer, , is unarmed, has no law enforcement certifications from the State of Florida, Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission. A Civilian Volunteer has no police powers. A Civilian Volunteer, volunteers his or her time to the Office in a civilian support capacity. (CALEA defines this class of volunteer as “auxiliary.” CFA defines this class of volunteer as “volunteer.”)


Eligibility


Reserve Deputies and Auxiliary Deputies shall meet eligibility requirements established for regular Deputies and shall meet the requirements of the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission for Law Enforcement Officers or Auxiliary Law Enforcement Officers.

[CALEA 16.1.7]


Persons in occupations or professions likely to have conflicts of interest are not eligible for selection as Reserve Deputies, Auxiliary Deputies, or Civilian Volunteers. Some ineligible occupations are, but not limited to: