Become a Volunteer with the Sheriff's Office
What is the role of a Sheriff's Office volunteer?
The Fairfax County Sheriff's Office depends on many volunteers to provide inmate programs and services at the Adult Detention Center and Alternative Incarceration Branch, including mental health counseling, religious services, alcohol and drug support groups, health education, library services and job training. These volunteers work with deputies and civilian staff to help inmates to improve their lives during incarceration and to prepare them for a successful transition from jail into the community. If you have experience teaching or counseling in any of the following areas, please join our team as a Sheriff's Office volunteer!
- Life skills
- Job skills
- Personal improvement
- Educational advancement
- Fighting addiction to alcohol and/or drugs
Sheriff’s Office volunteers are affiliated with many different nonprofit and public agencies:
- OAR: Opportunities, Alternatives and Resources helps inmates get back on their feet both during and after incarceration. Volunteers can help with classes in many of the above mentioned areas.
Schools/Education: Many of our volunteers are certified county
teachers or are otherwise familiar with the school system. Our
educational programs allow inmates to obtain their GED, and in some
cases their high school diploma, or improve their reading and writing
Religion: We offer both religious studies and services to
various denominations, allowing inmates to improve their spiritual life
in whatever religion they follow or are trying to regain. Mentors are
welcomed for one-on-one spiritual counseling.
- Alcohol and Drug Services: Our volunteers have a working knowledge of the AA and/or NA programs; many have recovered from their own addictions. Abstaining from these addictions is a life long process, and our programs strive to help the individual overcome these hurdles.
Alcohol and Drug Service volunteers must have abstained from alcohol
and drug use or have been sober for at least five years.
All volunteers must NOT be wanted by law enforcement or court
authorities for any criminal charge or civil matter.
- All volunteers must NOT have incurred any charges, arrests, convictions or incarcerations within the past four years and have been off probation and parole for the past four years.
All volunteers must complete the Sheriff's Office training
- Volunteers affiliated with OAR and Education must complete separate training programs in addition to the training requirements of the Sheriff's Office.
Application and selection process:
Complete (type, then print) and submit a Sheriff's Office volunteer
Send an email or call 2nd Lt. Brian Johnston at 703-246-2845. (The
hearing impaired TTY number is 711.)
FAX or mail your application to:
2nd Lt. Brian Johnston
Fairfax County Sheriff's Office - Programs Section
10520 Judicial Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
- Upon receipt of your application, the Sheriff's Office will conduct a criminal history check.
Following the criminal history check and approval by the Sheriff's
Office, a program coordinator will contact you for an interview.
- Upon acceptance, volunteers receive training from the Sheriff's Office and, if applicable, the cooperating agency.