Volunteer Services & Crime Prevention
Lieutenant Michelle Wissinger
Volunteer Services/Crime Prevention Commander
For many years, citizens of the community have supported daily operations as volunteers in various areas of the agency. Our division has grown with new programs to meet current needs in the community. The Volunteer Services oversees nearly 1,500 volunteers in 42 units including Citizen Observer Patrol (COPS), Neighborhood Crime Watch, Funeral Escort, Homeland Security, Mounted Posse, Lake Watch, Deputy Reserves, Pipes and Drums, Aviation, Bailiffs, Chaplains, ICE Agents, CERT and MERT teams, Warrants, Clerical and the Foundation Board. In 2015 volunteers logged 104,068 hours, saving the agency and community an estimated 2.2 million dollars according to the National Points of Light hourly rate.
This division also coordinates the Citizens Academy and Partnership (CAP) Program, and all other community relations functions. The 12-week CAP class offers students an opportunity to explore all departments within the Sheriff’s Office and access experienced personnel, equipment and facilities. The academy is hosted at multiple locations throughout the year serving Marion County’s div
rse population. Nearly 375 citizens graduated from the program in 2015. At the conclusion of each academy, MCSO hosts a firearms safety course for citizens interested in applying for a concealed weapon license. Sheriff Blair is passionate about encouraging legal, responsible residents to be armed if they wish to be. The proceeds from this safety class are donated to non-profit organizations to support and enrich the community.
Deputy Paul Bloom
New efforts in crime prevention include the Kiosk Program, which monitors more than 100 kiosk units throughout the county in public locations such as the mall, restaurants and convenience stores. It is a fast and easy way to notify the community about AMBER/SILVER alerts, wanted persons, sex
offenders and timely public safety information. Another recent development in crime prevention is the Business Sheriff Alert for Emergencies (B-SAFE) email notification system. MCSO has partnered with Marion County businesses to register contact information as part of an industry-specific alert process when a crime has occurred. For example, banks would be alerted with critical det
ails of a bank robbery immediately after it occurred, prompting businesses to be on the look out and take preventative measures. More than 480 businesses registered with the program in 2015.
Interested in Being a Volunteer?
If you are interested in volunteering please contact Danielle Adams @ (352) 369-6889 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to see if there are any volunteer positions available.
Volunteer Time Log
Volunteer Driving Training
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