Volunteer Program

The citizens who volunteer at Richland County Sheriff’s Department provide a tremendous service that we could never begin to say thank you enough for.  It is imperative that we provide effective and efficient service and we can only do this with the assistance of our volunteers. 

Volunteers save countless personnel hours, teach us so many things, bring new skills & ideas to the department and overall help us in so many different ways that we could never begin to thank you enough.

We stand ready to assist you in becoming a part of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department family.  The Volunteer Coordinator provides uniformity of our volunteer program and makes sure our volunteers are being utilized properly and fairly. 

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department has many opportunities for volunteer services. Areas where volunteers are needed include but are not limited to:

Criminal Investigations – Calling Victims, Administration of Databases, maintaining files
Criminal Investigations – Pawn Shop Matches  
Community Action Team - Build crime watches, build community relationships, maintain databases
Computer Technology
    - Databases
    - Data Entry
    - Intel/Crime Analysis
    - Crisis-Auxiliary Manpower

Gang Unit - data entry and Intel  
Graffiti Removal & Awareness  
Handicap/Expired Tag Patrol   
Mounted Posse  
Project H.O.P.E.  (Helping - Our Precious Elderly)  
Regional Headquarters  
School Resource Division  
Training Division  
Warrant Division  

We also have special events throughout the year where volunteer assistance is needed. Volunteers help build relationships and partnerships by handing out safety flyers, helping set up and clean up before and after the events, helping different divisions within the department and general duties as needed.

To become a volunteer, you will first need to fill out an application, print, sign and mail to: Richland County Sheriff's Department, Attn: Volunteer Coordinator, 5623 Two Notch Road, Columbia, SC 29223; or it may be scanned and attached in an email to htinsley@rcsd.net  A criminal history background check will be conducted and your assignment will be based on need and your availability.

Once you are assigned to a volunteer position at the department you will be given an orientation of the department and given training in the area to which you are assigned. Volunteers are encouraged to attend the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Citizen’s Police Academy Program.

In order to be an active volunteer, after assignment, the required hours are 4 per week or 16 hours per month.

For Additional Information on the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Volunteer Program please contact:

Harriet Tinsley
Volunteer Coord.
(803) 576-3035 
Captain Kelvin Ashe
Community Service Div.
(803) 576-1418

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5623 Two Notch Road 
Columbia, South Carolina 29223 
(803) 576-3000 phone (803) 576-3195 fax

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