From Left to Right: Sheriff Tim Wright, Peggy Wyllie, Janis Bradley, Vincent Shimkus, Joyce Lamb, Bobbie Williams and VIP Coordinator Ashley Foster.  Not Pictured: Diane Tuttle & Michael McEntee

Volunteers in partnership

Assisting our community through volunteering your knowledge, skills and abilities

The objective of the PCSO VIP Program is to place volunteers in all areas within the department to assist sworn and non-sworn personnel in the performance of their duties.  The volunteers bring with them an attitude that is positive and productive.

A VIP is a symbol of citizen involvement and support of the Polk County Sheriff's Office. 

Below are the forms needed to apply for the VIP Program.

You may print off the forms (both the application and authorization to release information) and either drop them off in person at the Polk County Sheriff's Office, our lobby hours are Monday-Friday 8.30AM-5PM.

They may also be mailed to:

PCSO VIP Program 

164 Government Complex Dr.

Columbus, NC 28722

Volunteers work in many areas

  • Judicial Courthouse Security - Providing screening for all citizens (except for courthouse employees, attorneys and sworn Law Enforcement personnel) entering the Courthouse.
  • Jail Division - Providing administrative assistance and visitation facilitation in the office and reception area.
  • Traffic Control - For special events in the county including, but not limited to, 5K races, ice cream socials, parades and community events.
  • Fingerprinting - For civil requirements including employment checks and Concealed Carry permits.
  • Mobile Watch - Periodic patrols in assigned areas.
  • Funeral Escort - In conjunction with local funeral directors, escorting funeral processions to cemeteries. 
  • Other areas in which volunteers work include: Front Desk Reception at the Sheriff's Office, Jail Library, Radar Trailer, Animal Control and Community Service.


If you are interested in joining the VIP Program or have any questions, please contact our program coordinator: Ashley Foster by phone at 828.894.3001.

All volunteers are subject to a background check and are given on the job training before starting work. Physical limitations, if any, are considered when assignments are made. 

All volunteers are covered under the Polk County Worker's Compensation Insurance while on duty with the Sheriff's Office. 

VIP does not charge for its services for county, municipal or non-profit organizations or for funeral escorts, but does accept donations from private businesses when performing traffic or crowd control during special promotional events.  These funds are used to purchase uniforms and equipment such as radios, traffic cones and signs for use during assignments.


VIP Application (pdf)


Release of Information Authorization (pdf)