Volunteer Patrol

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office Volunteer Patrol is a volunteer organization trained to serve as eyes and ears of the Sheriff’s Office.

Volunteer Patrol members, working in two-member teams, conduct specific services while driving a Sheriff’s vehicle, wearing a designated uniform, and operating within the guidelines of the Sheriff’s Office.

When out-of-the-ordinary situations are encountered, official law enforcement persons are called to handle the situation.

FUNCTION:

The Volunteer Patrol’s role includes the following:

  • Checking property when the owner is gone for a period of time.
  • Checking on shut-ins.
  • Conducting traffic surveys
  • Patrolling towns in Lyon County.
  • Monitoring infrastructure in Lyon County.
  • Assisting with community events.

ACTIVITIES:

During 2011 the Volunteer Patrol has volunteered 4,469 hours of time, checked 4,604 properties and shut-ins, and drove 23,262 miles.

Other services included assisting with: Identa-Kid programs, Admire-Americus-Olpe-Hartford days, school bus evacuation training, Christmas parade, July 4th celebration, Senior Citizen’s Day, Lyon County Reception and Care Center, Keep It a Safe Summer, and the Lyon County Fair.

The Volunteer Patrol also takes opportunities in the community to promote their volunteer organization.

REQUIREMENTS:

Volunteer Patrol members must be 55 years of age or older, hold a valid Kansas driver’s license, pass an FBI security check, complete a defensive driving course, be capable of walking (including up and down stairs), work at least a four-hour shift each week, and attend a monthly meeting.

VOLUNTEER:

Individuals interested in being involved with Volunteer Patrol should contact the Lyon County Department of Aging, RSVP, at 620-342-6119 to obtain an application.

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SERVICE:

To request the services of the Volunteer Patrol call the Lyon County Emergency Communications Center at 620-341-3205.

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