MERLIN, Ore. -- The Josephine County Sheriff's Office is recruiting volunteers. Volunteers will help with court security, substations, home checks, community events, and more.
Today one volunteer at the Merlin Substation told NewsWatch12 he's been donating his time for seven years.
"As my wife says, it gets me out of the house during the day," says Robert Vavrock.
The Sheriff's Office says over the last six months they've seen a dip in volunteers. With a short staff at the agency, the volunteers keep the office running.
"They're tremendous. It would hurt the Sheriff's Office if we didn't have the volunteers," says Josephine County UnderSheriff Travis Snyder.
Volunteers don't need a background in law enforcement to apply.
"If you want to get out for the day and help out, it's always appreciated," says Vavrock.
Snyder told NewsWatch12 most people don't realize they have volunteer positions open.
"A lot of people fail to recognize that they exist in the Sheriff's Office and we are so grateful for the people that we have," says Snyder.
If you would like to apply for a volunteer position, click here.