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Community Assistance Patrol (CAP)
Volunteer Program

The CAP program uses volunteers to enhance the services provided by the Sheriff's Office to the community by improving efficiency and productivity. This program uses volunteers to handle assignments and events that do not require a trained, sworn deputy. Members of the CAP program wear a uniform that identifies them as volunteers for the Sheriff's Office. CAP volunteers are not sworn, are not armed, and do not have arrest powers.

Duties of CAP volunteers may include:

  • Traffic direction and control at incidents and special events

  • Representing FCSO at community special events

  • High visibility patrols in communities

  • Crime prevention and Neighborhood Watch programs

  • Parade and funeral escorts

CAP volunteer applicants must meet the following basic requirements:

  • Minimum age of 21 years old

  • Must be a United States Citizen and Frederick County Resident

  • Posess a valid Driver's License and have a good driving record

  • Be capable of providing a minimum of:

    • 10 hours of service each month​

    • Attendance of four monthly CAP meetings in a calendar year

    • Participation in six details in a calendar year (general patrol is excluded)

  • Be in good physical condition (age considered) as witnessed by a doctor's certificate

  • Must agree to submit to records and background investigations, a fingerprint check through the FBI, drug test, and an oral interview conducted by the Frederick County Sheriff's Office

  • Must successfully complete required training within 6 months of appointment

Interested in joining?

DFC Amber Owens

Community Outreach Coordinator