Mature Volunteer Program (MVP)

Membership Requirements 

  1. Be a citizen of the United States
  2. Be 50 years of age or older. There is no upper age limit.
  3. Prospective members must be mature and in reasonably good health.
    1. A volunteer's ability to function as a viable member of this organization shall be determined by the Coordinator and his staff.
    2. Termination for reason of health will generally be based on safety - the volunteer's safety - and the safety of those with whom the volunteer works. Example: If the volunteer cannot see well enough to drive safely, or cannot hear the radios; he/she could jeopardize the functions of the organizations and possibly endanger his/her life and/or the lives or others. The safety of the volunteer and the members of the Sheriff's Office are the number one priority of the Sheriff and the Risk Management Department of Klamath County.
    3. Any changes in health status, insurance's doctors, etc., shall be immediately reported to the Coordinator. The volunteer will be asked to complete a new Emergency Notification Form and Medical Record.
  4. Assignment preferences will be discussed together with the special skill areas in which personnel are needed or interested. Every effort will be made to help the volunteer get assigned to a job he/she can do well and from which they can draw satisfaction.
  5. An oral interview will be held with MVP Members, the Volunteer Coordinator, and members of the Sheriff's Office.
  6. Prospective members will be subjected to a background check
    1. Have no criminal record in conflict with the minimum standards for employment as a law enforcement officer as adopted by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.
    2. Possess a valid driver's license and be covered by insurance as mandated by law.
    3. Be of good moral fitness as determined by a thorough background investigation.
    4. Fingerprints will be held and checked for prior convictions.
    5. A felon may not participate in this program.
  7. Successful completion of special sessions of training in specific areas is needed to obtain and to remain in good standing as a MVP member. The training will help to provide the skills to be comfortable in a job. Areas include, but are not limited to, how to use the radio, effective communication, neighborhood watch, boat patrol, defensive driving, receptionist, vacation checks, schools liaison, MVP training/patrol administration and recruiting, etc.
  8. All volunteer program members are required to attend monthly training and informational meetings. Members may attend monthly meetings in civilian clothes unless otherwise specified.


Fill out the volunteer application (PDF) and email it to the Sheriff's Office or send it to:

Klamath County Sheriff

3300 Vandenberg Road

Klamath Falls, OR 97603