Community Service Unit
It is the mission of the CSU to work with the Sheriff’s Office to help make Tuolumne County a safer and more enjoyable place to live, work, and visit.
Tuolumne County encompasses 2,293 square miles of territory. The ability of the Sheriff’s Office to provide law enforcement services over such a wide area is severely limited. The county continues to grow in population and law enforcement needs. The ability of the Sheriff’s Office to meet the rising need for service has become more difficult with the current budget limitations.
The increased need for services by the Sheriff’s Office requires increased personnel and added expenditure of public funds, which are not always available. A partial answer to this problem is the utilization of the volunteer pool of talent and experience in the community.
Community Assistance Patrol
The Community Assistance Patrol (CAP) performs a multitude of duties which may include serving subpoenas, vacation checks, handicap parking enforcement, motorist assists, victim witness transport, crime scene security, property bookings, etc. CAP Unit members receive special training and must pass a special drivers test given by the Sheriff’s Office before being allowed to drive a CAP Patrol car. All CAP Volunteers are subject to being called out at any time. CAP volunteers must maintain excellent rapport with other law enforcement agencies.
Marine Enforcement (Boat Patrol)
Boat Patrol volunteers assist the uniformed deputies in patrolling the four main lakes in Tuolumne County. Before being allowed to actually participate in Boat Patrol activities volunteers must successfully pass a lengthy and difficult training period. This training includes first aid and CPR and must be renewed annually. Boat Patrol volunteers may assist uniformed deputies in the following activities:
Vehicle Maintenance Unit
The Maintenance Unit is comprised of three to five volunteers. Basic duties consist of preventative maintenance on Sheriff’s Office vehicles. The unit meets weekly to clean vehicles, check fluid levels, ferry vehicles to other areas for repairs, check for service due, etc.
CSU participates in the following annual events:
Other CSU activities include: