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 including, but not limited to, calling victims, maintaining files, data entry, Handicap/Expired Tag Patrol, Project H.O.P.E. (Helping Our Precious Elderly) and much more.

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. Note: volunteers work only Monday – Friday between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm.

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 Coordinator
(803) 576-3035
htinsley@rcsd.net