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, 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 diverse population.