Mohave County Sheriff Doug Schuster congratulated and swore in Sheriff’s Volunteer Posse members during a July 18 ceremony  in Kingman. The graduates completed a volunteer training academy held at the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Doug Schuster swore in 8 new graduates; Wanda Barwald, Tom Delp, Verne Kannianen, Sally McClure, Chuck Rios, Doug Rich, James Vanhorn and Lee Westrope. Erdean Johnson and Alice Jean Rose were not present to be sworn in.

The academy participants underwent a 32 hour class which began with an Introduction and Overview presented by Volunteer Posse Coordinator Randy Barchalk. Upon graduation volunteers begin 40 additional training hours in the field with MCSO Posse Field Training Officers to complete their required training.

Class participants attended Defensive Driving courses as well as attending prisoner restraint and transport classes. Jody Schanaman, Dispatch Supervisor, presented an overall operation of communications including Radio Fundamentals. These are just few of the classes attended by these graduates.

Volunteers are utilized throughout the county in Lake Havasu, Fort Mohave/Mohave Valley, Dolan Springs/Meadview and Kingman. Volunteers are utilized in many areas such as; boating safety, community policing and crime prevention, animal control, media relations, computer data entry, dispatch operations, corrections and prisoner transportation, record keeping and research, radio communications, and neighborhood safety patrols.

Anyone interested in future Sheriff’s Volunteer Posse academy’s should contact their local Mohave County Sheriff’s Office and pick-up an application, complete it and return it to the Sheriff’s Office. Any questions, please contact Volunteer Posse Coordinator Randy Barchalk at (928) 753-0756.