The Pima County Sheriff's Auxiliary Volunteers, Inc.
The Sheriff’s Auxiliary Volunteers (SAVs) are a nationally recognized, award-winning organization comprised entirely of volunteer citizens. The SAVs support residents of Pima County living in unincorporated areas encompassing 9,241 square miles.
The Pima County Sheriff’s Department SAV members perform a number of important tasks vital to the overall mission of the Sheriff’s Department. These operations are Patrol, Crime Prevention, Neighborhood Watch, Field Operations, Administration, Fingerprinting, Special Activities, and Recruiting and Training Divisions.
Divisions and Programs
The Patrol Division provides patrol support in various Pima County Parks and in current county Neighborhood Watch areas. They will also assist Search and Rescue respond to calls for service and assist the public at the neigborhood level. They also look for signs of graffiti, suspicious or illegal activity and damage to county property.
The Neighborhood Watch Division is responsible for managing and assisting Neighborhood Watch Organizations within the county. The SAV provides training to neighborhood leaders on running a successful Neighborhood Watch.
Recruiting and Training
The Recruiting and Training Division actively seeks new members to introduce into the organization. They provide training to new and existing members.
SAVs provide adult fingerprinting services for such needs as employment and educational reasons at their offices on Benson Highway. Volunteers are also highly skilled at Child ID, which can be scheduled away from the office.
Field Operations SAVs provide non-law enforcement roles at major incidents such as traffic control at accident scenes, natural disasters, and crime scenes. Volunteers are also responsible for driving and maintaining the Sheriff’s Department Mobile Command Center Vehicles. Volunteers must complete specialized Field Operations training to be considered for this position.
The members of this Division are responsible for participating in a multitude of safety fairs and public events. McGruff the Crime Dog is a popular member of the team. Special events such as the Adopt A Family program and other SAV sponsored events are also organized by the Special Activites Division.
Crime Prevention SAVs are responsible for a number of tasks to include teaching safety classes and doing home security checks. These tasks are designed to be proactive. They also include: Video Identification and Home Security.
The SAVs digitally record valuables in people’s homes, free of charge. Citizens use this service in case of fire or burglary to visually document their property - jewelry, electronics or guns, etc.. The DVD is kept by the homeowner, neither the SAVs nor the Sheriff’s Department keeps a copy.
SAV members will go to your home and conduct a free safety and security evaluation. They offer advice on ways to improve any weaknesses found. Members also teach citizens how to protect their homes and property.
Administrative support SAVs perform clerical functions necessary for different sections and investigative units within the Sheriff’s Department.
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