Interested in applying for a volunteer position, such as Patrol Reserve Deputy, Posse member, Auxiliary Unit, Victim Response Team Advocate, Investigations Intern, Jail Intern

  The LCSO volunteer application can be found here:

Patrol Reserve, Posse, or other Volunteer Application Jail Volunteer Application

Intern Opportunities

For further information, please contact the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Personnel Unit at (970) 498-5550.

Volunteer Requirements

Individuals applying to volunteer with the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office must go through a thorough selection process.

  • Convicted felons or individuals with recent drug use cannot be considered as volunteers.
  • All applicants are required to have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age (21 years of age for Reserve Deputy, Posse, Auxiliary Unit and Victim Response Team)

For all volunteer positions, applicants are required to successfully complete:

  • Integrity interview
  • Oral board interview
  • Background investigation

Some positions may also require:

  • Written exam (horse skills for Posse applicants)
  • Physical fitness test
  • Polygraph examination
  • Medical exam
  • Psychological evaluation
  • Drug test

To request a ride-along with a deputy, please complete a Request for Ride-Along Observation / Waiver of Liability form.  Be sure to sign the form in front of a witness.

Return the form by mail or fax to:

Larimer County Sheriff's Office
Attn: Records Unit
2501 Midpoint Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80525
FAX: 970-482-8745

Once you have been approved for a ride-along, we will contact you by email to schedule a date and time for your ride. If you have any questions, please call (970) 498-5108.

The 2022 Spring academy is full.  Check back mid-summer for details about the fall academy.

LCSO hosts two Citizens Academies each year - Spring and Fall.  The 2022 Spring Academy will start February 15 and run through May 10.  Classes will be held on Tuesday nights from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Class will not be held the week of spring break.

The Citizens Academy is designed to give citizens an overview of the operations of the Larimer County Sheriff's Office. Sessions covering patrol operations, investigations, crime lab, emergency management and emergency services, SWAT and other special units, and volunteer operations are scheduled.  These sessions are presented by the deputies and commanders responsible for each area. 

In addition, the academy includes a tour of the jail, a look at the emergency communications center, a K9 demonstration, and the opportunity to ride along with a deputy.  One of the highlights is a field day where citizens will participate in live scenarios responding to calls including live shooting with simulated ammunition, making a simulated traffic stop, building searches, and processing a mock crime scene. 

The academy fills up fast and the class size is limited. The fee for the academy is $30 dollars which covers the cost of the student tee-shirt, materials, and lunch served on the Saturday field training day. 

  • Applicants must be a resident or business owner in Larimer County, at least 18 years old, have no felony convictions, and no misdemeanor convictions within the last three years.
  • The Sheriff or his designee may reject any applicant due to criminal history, law enforcement or jail contacts, and/or indications an applicant may be disruptive to the class. 
  • A copy of your driver's license and $30 dollars (check or cash only) must be submitted, via mail or in person, at the same time you apply. Make checks out to Larimer County Sheriff's Office.
  • After completing the online application and providing a copy of your driver’s license and $30 payment, a criminal records check will be completed by LCSO staff. You will then be contacted and informed of your enrollment status in the academy. 
  • If you are not accepted, your $30 payment will be refunded.

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Barbara Bennett 
(970) 682-0597

David Moore, Public Information Officer


To request a speaker or a presentation for an event, please call the administration line at (970) 498-5108.

Sheriff Smith is always happy to speak to citizen groups about current law enforcement issues. Our volunteer Crime Prevention Unit can provide your group with helpful information, and our K9 Unit provides an exciting demonstration. Tours of the facilities are also available.

We also have many staff members who are subject matter experts in a variety of topics which may be of interest to you.  

We will do our best to accommodate your needs; however, staffing issues may not always allow us to fill your request.

You may also submit an online request.

The LCSO Cadet Program is designed for youths between the ages of 15 1/2  and 20 years old.  The program gives youth the opportunity to learn more about careers in law enforcement.  The program has been in existence approximately 20 years, and they are active with LEEPAAC (Law Enforcement Explorer Post Advisors Association of Colorado). Cadets volunteer approximately 4,000 hours per year at various events.

Besides learning about law enforcement, the LCSO Cadet Program also has an emphasis on the following skills: leadership, networking, communication, and team building.  Currently the program is limited to 20 members, and they recruit and train new cadets in the fall.  All cadets are issued a Class A uniform with felt campaign hat, a Class B uniform, and a training polo. 


  • Be 15 1/2 to 20 years old
  • Have no serious arrests or convictions
  • Have and maintain good moral character
  • Pass an oral interview
  • Pass an integrity interview
  • Pass a written exercise
  • Pass a background investigation
  • Maintain a "C" Average in all school work.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to serve and participate in program activities



Learn More


Deputy Nancy Remington
(970) 682-0545


If you would like to help support retired LCSO K9s, please visit the foundation website