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Citizen Volunteer Program
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Volunteers are utilized to supplement and expand upon the work of sworn deputies and civilian personnel in various assignments in the Sheriff’s Administration, Jail, Courts, and Civil Process section. The Roanoke County Sheriff’s Office Volunteer Program provides an excellent opportunity for citizens to offer their time, expertise, and talent for the betterment of their community through their work with the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Poff has a vision to create community partnerships with citizens throughout Roanoke County. The Sheriff’s goal is to establish and offer volunteer participation in several areas of the Sheriff’s Office operations to better serve the citizens of Roanoke County.

With the involvement of our dedicated citizens in the Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Poff is in hopes that this will enhance the work of our deputies and civilian employees for the betterment of the Roanoke County Sheriff’s Office, Roanoke County, and its citizens. The Sheriff’s Office has created many opportunities for volunteers to become involved in this program. We believe that it is ideal for someone who is considering a career in law enforcement, retired, or someone who has free time and wishes to offer their services as a Sheriff’s Office volunteer.

Qualification Requirements

Volunteers must be at least twenty-one years of age. Volunteers must be of good character, have no felony or serious misdemeanor arrests or convictions, and successfully complete an application and pass a background investigation and training program.

For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Deputy Charles Minucie, at 540-283-3137 or e-mail him at .

  • Download the Complete Volunteer Program Package, including Application


Volunteer Assignment Areas and Job Descriptions


Civil Process:  Volunteers perform clerical work, which consists of entering and clearing court process in the automated computer system, file paperwork, mail court papers back to the appropriate jurisdictions, assist in answering phones, pickup and deliver inter-departmental mail throughout the courthouse and Sheriff’s Office.
Skills:  Requires positive public relations, clerical and general knowledge in the use of personal computers, contingent on job task(s).

Program Support: Volunteers assist the Program Support Specialist with scanning, processing charge sheets, preparing letters and reports, keeping records, answering phones, etc.
Skills:  Requires public relations, clerical and general knowledge in the use of personal computers.

General District Court: Volunteers assist court deputies in escorting persons convicted of traffic offenses to the clerk’s office for the payment of fines, direct court participants during guilty pleas, processing of court documents, provide assistance to the deputies during the security screening process, provide assistance and direction to the public.
Skills:  Requires positive public relations, ability to communicate orally and general knowledge in the use of personal computers.

Circuit Court: Volunteers assist court deputies with training, orientation and support to our judges, juries and provide assistance and directions to the public, etc.
Skills:  Requires public relations and general knowledge in the use of personal computers.

Accreditation: Volunteers will assist the Accreditation Sergeant and staff with preparing folders, scanning documents, updating policy and procedures, typing, entering information into an automated standard format, etc.
Skills:  Requires public relations, typing and general knowledge in the use of personal computers.

Roanoke County Jail Lobby: Volunteers will provide assistance and direction to the public, assist citizens with inmate visitation, fingerprint citizens, etc.
Skills:  Requires public relations and general knowledge in the use of personal computers.

Jail Programs: Volunteers will work with Sheriff’s Office staff to provide educational programs, anger management and other self-help programs, pre-release programming including parental education, health education and vocational programs, alcohol programs to include individual and group counseling, religious programs to include individual and group counseling services.
Special requirement:  Religious volunteers must have clinical pastoral education or religious training and endorsement by a church.  Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous volunteers must have training in substance abuse and endorsed by their local chapters.  Educational volunteers must have training and experience in education such as teacher, substitute teacher, teacher’s aide, etc.  Jail program volunteers may only perform duties consistent with their credentials and training.
Skills: Organization, writing, public relations, presentation and computer skills. 

Historian: Volunteers will research and write Roanoke County Sheriff’s Office history and work with staff to prepare the Sheriff’s Office annual report.  Some duties include copying, research, compiling of historical information, writing, responding to the public, etc.
Skills: Ability to communicate in writing, research skills, public relations and general knowledge in the use of personal computers.