Volunteer Opportunities at Collin County Sheriff’s Office
Citizens Assisting Collin County Sheriff's Office (CACCSO) is a 501(c)3 that exists to support the Collin County Sheriff's Office (CCSO). As a group in the CCSO, the group is under the command of Commander Platt of the CCSO Reserve Unit. The goal of CACCSO is to increase citizen understanding of the activities/duties of Sheriff's Deputies, enhance crime prevention, raise citizen awareness of personal safety, and provide additional manpower; thus, improving service to the county as volunteers spend their time to provide these advanced services. In 2017 CACCSO members volunteered approximately 5,000 hours for the year to the CCSO.
Ways CACCSO helps the CCSO include assisting with GED training in the Jail; alarm permit renewals; transporting squad cars for service; fingerprint card archiving; assisting departments with special projects, event support, and special meetings (like Mental Health Symposium).
"Citizens on Patrol" is the team that travel the county in the "COP" car. They are active trained citizen volunteer members of the CACCSO, who receive continuing opportunities for additional training to further assist the Sheriff's Office specifically designated non-confidential activities, such as civilian patrols, and various administrative duties. Some of their activities include:
• Assistance at motor vehicle collisions
• Assisting motorists
• Clearing road/traffic hazards
• Dealing with loose livestock on roadway
• Radio tower and other specified watches
• Neighborhood and business area patrols
• Building checks
• Open garage door patrol
Some examples of the training included for "Citizens on Patrol" volunteers are driver education, radio techniques/operation, crime prevention techniques, improvement of observation and reporting skills as well as observance of conduct and safety regulations. Because "Citizens on Patrol" volunteers are held to the same standards of conduct and service as any law enforcement professional, Sheriff's Office command staff reserve the right to approve the assignments of the volunteers.”
The first step to joining CACCSO is to attend the Sheriff's Citizen Academy. After that, you may join CACCSO. There are no dues; however you agree to commit to 4 hours per month or 12 hours per quarter to help the Sheriff’s Office. If interested in joining the Citizen on Patrol team, there is additional training that is offered to prepare you for this task. CACCSO meets once a month for a general meeting at the CCSO, and has various speakers on topics that interest the membership.