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Volunteer Services

Lieutenant Michelle Wissinger
Volunteer Services Commander


For many years, citizens of the community have supported daily operations as volunteers in various areas of the agency. With over 1,500 volunteers, the Volunteer Services Division has grown with new programs to meet current needs in the community. Some of the programs instituted are the Mounted Unit, Reserve Deputies, Internal Support, Homeland Security Patrol, Citizens Observer Patrol, Community Patrol groups, citizens Emergency Response Team, Funeral Escort Service and Bailiffs.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office Foundation was established in 2009 and is responsible for raising funds that support our volunteers. They are an approved 501(c)3 entity where their purpose is to supplement the financial burden associated with the activities of the many volunteer groups that provide a direct benefit to the community and support the Sheriff’s mission. The Foundation’s current account balance is $77,000.00 which was raised from events that include an annual car show, a John Travolta Movie Premier Benefit and a Mounted Unit Obstacle Course Challenge.

In 2008, volunteers logged over 128,000 hours, and drove almost 500,000 miles in various volunteer positions. This represents a tax savings of almost 2.5 million dollars according to the National Points of Light hourly rate.

The Volunteer Division consists of the following units. Click here to read about the duties assigned to each of these units.

  • COPS (Citizens on Patrol)
  • Funeral Escort
  • Internal Support
  • Homeland Security
  • Deputy Cadets
  • Community Patrols
  • Volunteer Marine Patrol
  • Aviation
  • Mounted Unit
  • Chaplains

Interested in Being a Volunteer


If you are interested in volunteering please contact Danielle Adams @ (352) 369-6889 or email her at to see if there are any volunteer positions available.


Volunteer Application


Volunteer Time Log



Volunteer Driving Training

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