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Sheriff Department

Volunteer Courtesy Trail Patrol

Seeking Volunteers!

The volunteers patrol many of the trail ways in Kent County. They provide assistance to the trail users and report problems that need to be addressed. Volunteers will wear a Sheriff Department issued vest that identifies them as a trail volunteer.

The volunteers are trained on how to report suspicious or dangerous activity. They also report trail maintenance issues that may need immediate attention. Volunteers choose to walk, ride a bike or use in line skates to patrol.

Volunteers set their own schedule and a minimum of a 2-hour commitment each week is requested. Requirements for volunteering are that you be at least 18 years of age, have a friendly demeanor, and the ability to provide transportation for yourself to and from the trail system.

A mandatory meeting for the trail volunteers is scheduled for Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at 6:00 P.M. This meeting will be held at the Kent County Sheriff Department 701 Ball Avenue NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503. If you would like to find out more information regarding this program please call Sandi Jones at (616) 632-6221 or email at

Nature of Work

Volunteers in this capacity will be responsible for patrolling the White Pine Trail, East Trails and South Kent Trails. Duties will include providing assistance to citizens on the on the trails, reporting acts of crime, and trail damage. Volunteers prevent crime by being a visible representative of the Kent County Sheriff Department.

Volunteers will not intervene in any type of apprehension or dispute between individuals. They are to report to the Sheriff Department via the provided cell phones and activity that needs immediate response.


  • Must fill out a Sheriff Department Volunteer Application
  • Must be eighteen years of age or older.
  • Must undergo a criminal history background check.
  • Volunteers will be required to attend an orientation program.
  • Must be able to understand rules and regulations
    of the Sheriff Department.
  • Must have the ability to deal courteously and effectively with the general public.
  • A helmet is require if riding or rollerblading
  • Must be able and willing to testify in court if necessary.


  • Patrolling the Trails.
  • Be able to assist citizens in reporting crimes to the police or contacting police when necessary.
  • Provide medical attention if needed.
  • Assist children whom are lost from parents.
  • Volunteers will wear the Sheriff Department issued vest.
  • Volunteers will be provided cell phones & first aide kits.
  • Volunteers will be required to fill out patrol logs at the end of their shifts.

For more information on the Volunteer Courtesy Trail Patrol please contact:
Sandi Jones
(616) 632-6221

Contact Us

Sheriff Department


701 Ball Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

(616) 632-6100

(616) 632-6122

Lawrence A. Stelma

Lawrence A. Stelma

Michelle Young
Under Sheriff

Kevin Kelley
Chief Deputy-Law Enforcement

Chuck Dewitt
Chief Deputy-Corrections

Correctional Facility

703 Ball Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 632-6400

Inmate Information
(616) 632-6300

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