For many years, our citizens have supported our daily operations by volunteering in various areas of the Agency. Our Volunteers Services Division has grown significantly, with new programs added to meet the current needs of our community. The Volunteer Services Coordinator oversees nearly 1,500 volunteers in 42 units including the 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 gives citizens access to experienced personnel, our equipment and facilities. The Academy is hosted at multiple locations throughout the year in an effort to serve Marion County’s diverse population.