On Friday, November 14, in a ceremony at the Sheriff’s Office Operations Center, Sheriff Mark Hunter praised the members of the Citizen Service Unit for their dedication and thanked them for their volunteer service.
The Citizens Service Unit (CSU) was formed in 2006 and is comprised entirely of citizen volunteers who provide non-law enforcement services which assist in and enhance the accomplishment of the mission of the Sheriff’s Office.
The CSU is organized under the Crime Prevention Unit and is designed to supplement and support the sworn officers and civilian employees of the agency. The duties of CSU members are many and varied, limited only by the restriction that CSU members are not law enforcement officers and have no law enforcement authority. CSU members are assigned tasks as requested by the various elements of the Sheriff’s Office, receive training in these tasks prior to being assigned and work under the direction of Sheriff’s Office supervisors.
The volunteers routinely work more than 10,000 hours annually saving the taxpayers more than $100,000 yearly.