Saturday, January 22, 2011

Hendry Sheriff Looking For Citizen Help

Two New Programs For Law Enforcement

LABELLE, FL. -- Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden is looking for a few good men and women.  Put your skills and abilities to work serving the community as an Auxiliary Deputy. 

If you are interested in law enforcement and want to stay in your current career this is the program for you.  The Hendry County Sheriff's Office Auxiliary Unit is a volunteer organization committed to the support of the operation of the Sheriff's Office.

Auxiliary Deputies are required to complete the same hiring process as full-time Deputies.  Once appointed by the Sheriff you will have to complete the Auxiliary Training Academy.  Classes will run approximately 3 months, meeting two nights a week and Saturdays.  The cost of the academy is $500.00.  Those that complete the class and pass the state exam will be reimbursed.  Applications must be received by February 4, 2011 in participate in the upcoming Auxiliary academy.

If you are interested in participating in the upcoming training academy in Hendry County please contact Sgt. Bruce Slade at 863-674-5600 or 863-805-5000.

Free Volunteers In Public Safety Program

The restructuring of the Hendry County Sheriff's Office Volunteers in Public Safety (VIPS) is one of the newest opportunities for citizens to volunteer with Hendry County Sheriff's Deputies.  As members of the VIPS, you will have an opportunity to serve side by side with our deputies and perform a variety of services for our citizens and visitors to Hendry County.  Some of these responsibilities may include seizing and transporting found property, directing traffic at special events or around disabled vehicles, conducting vacation home checks and much more.

Sheriff Whidden invites you to consider becoming a member of our VIPS team. Our volunteers provide a valuable level of service and support to the community as well as to Sheriff's Office members. Your desire to volunteer your time to help others is an excellent example of being a good neighbor, and contributes to our overall mission of leading the way for a safer Hendry County.

The VIPS program is coordinated through the Sheriff's Community Relations Division.  If you are interested in applying please contact Lt. Susan Harrelle at (863) 674-5604 or via e-mail at  Applicants must be 18 years of age, pass a background, possess a valid Florida Driver's license, and complete at least four hours of the training program and comply will all program policies and procedures. Once the application is complete and returned, a background check will be conducted and approved applicants will be scheduled to attend the upcoming VIPS academy and it's FREE

Volunteers will receive individual training for their work assignments as well as occasional training with other volunteers in a group.  Classes are scheduled February 12, from 9:00 – 2:00pm at the Dallas Townsend Center, located on Pratt Blvd., in Labelle.

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