RSVP (Reserve Special Volunteer Program)

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is excited to announce a new volunteer program, Reserve Special Volunteer Patrol (RSVP.)  The RSVP volunteer program is being established as a means of assisting the citizens of Okaloosa County and the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office with directing traffic, report taking, crowd control, the Gold Star Retail program, CODY List Checks, Vacation Watch Orders, community patrols, and other various volunteer tasks.  The RSVP volunteers will be working throughout the county.  Below is a portion of the new RSVP volunteer policy and the program’s requirements.

RSVP Partial Policy & Requirements below:

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office RSVP volunteer program is being established as a means of assisting the citizens of Okaloosa County and the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office with directing traffic, report taking, crowd control, the Gold Star Retail program, CODY List Checks (checking on juveniles on probations,) Vacation Watch Orders, community patrols, and other various volunteer tasks.

RSVP Personnel – Are individuals who have met the minimum pre-appointment and training requirements.  A RSVP volunteer is appointed as a volunteer only and is not vested with any law enforcement authority & cannot carry weapons of any kind.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • At least eighteen (18) years of age
  • Have a clear background check and no felony convictions
  • Have not been released or discharged from any branch of the Armed Forces under any conditions other than honorable
  • Have on file a completed, processed volunteer application.
  • Have his/her fingerprints searched through FDLE and FBI files
  • All RSVP volunteers will have a signed waiver from their physician that they are in good health and able to perform volunteer duties.
  • Good moral character
  • Possess a valid FL driver’s license
  • Pass a drug test provided by the Sheriff’s Office
  • RSVP volunteers will receive no benefits, remuneration, or entitlements including sick leave, etc.  However, the RSVP volunteers are covered by the Sheriff’s Office insurance and workers compensation for injuries received while acting in the capacity of a RSVP volunteer.
  • Agree to volunteer a minimum of (16) hours per quarter. If a member has a valid excuse, the time requirement may be waived by the Sheriff’s Office supervisor
  • All RSVP volunteers accepted shall serve a 6 month probationary period
  • Successfully complete the RSVP training as required by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office

Individuals interested in volunteering, need to print the RSVP Volunteer Application, fill it out, sign and return it to Ashley Bailey at the Sheriff’s Office Administration Office either through email, drop off, or mail.   

For additional questions contact:

Ashley Bailey

Crime Prevention Specialist

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office

1250 N. Eglin Parkway

Shalimar, FL 32579

Office (850)651-7153

Cell (850)259-0031

abailey@sheriff-okaloosa.org