Volunteer Services Unit

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The Volunteer Services Unit of the McHenry County Sheriff's Office is a unit within the Special Services Division and Community Relations Section that works to involve members of the McHenry County community with the Sheriff's Office. Volunteers are unpaid, non-sworn and unarmed, yet provide valuable assistance to sworn and non-sworn employees of the Sheriff's Office, performing various duties such as:

  • Community functions support
  • Crime prevention
  • Community relations
  • Special event assistance
  • Traffic control
  • Critical incident assistance


Purpose of the McHenry County Sheriff's Office Volunteer Program

To create a partnership with members of the McHenry County community, increasing transparency within the Sheriff's Office while simultaneously supplementing the office's community policing services.


Volunteer Qualifications

Individuals wishing to serve as a volunteer with the McHenry County Sheriff's Office must undergo a rigorous background screening process in order to maintain the integrity of the program and of the Sheriff's Office. To be a Sheriff Volunteer, individuals must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must be of high moral character.
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check and investigation.
  • Must have a clear criminal history and not have excessive traffic violations.
  • Must not be users of illicit substances.
  • Must possess a strong desire to serve the county.
  • Must be willing and able to work in a team environment.
  • Must have successfully completed a McHenry County Sheriff's Office Citizen Police Academy (CPA).

Volunteer Training

Prior to beginning their duties as Sheriff Volunteers, all individuals must complete an approximately 40-hour training program designed to provide volunteers with the skills and knowledge necessary to safely, efficiently and effectively discharge their duties. Training topics include:

  • Sheriff's Office orientation
  • Community relations and crime prevention programming
  • Communications
  • Field operations and observation skills
  • First Aid/ CPR
  • Traffic direction

Program Contact

For additional information or to learn how you can become a Sheriff Volunteer, please contact:
Sgt. Patenaude
Community Projects Manager/ Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: 815-338-2144

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