The Douglas County Sheriff's Auxiliary/Crime Prevention Unit is a volunteer, non-commissioned unit that serves in a support capacity, providing extra patrols in communities and residence checks while homeowners are away. While performing a residence check, the Auxiliary will check the exterior of the home for open windows, doors, or any other signs of activity. Although they do not enter buildings or homes, a patrol deputy will be dispatched to continue the investigation if something is found suspicious. We will normally only check unoccupied houses and we must have a written request in order to conduct routine security checks.
There is one Auxiliary unit in the Waterville-East Wenatchee area and another that serves the Bridgeport-Mansfield area.
To request extra patrols or a residence check while you are away, you may find an online form in the document section or call our office during normal business hours.
When requested, the Auxiliary Unit assists by positioning and operating a portable radar display in areas known for fast drivers. The radar board displays to the driver their speed as they pass by. Not only does this allow patrol deputies to work higher- priority assignments, it also makes the driver aware of their vehicles speed. Once vehicle data is recorded and reviewed, a patrol deputy may be sent to enforce the speed limit.
These services are available to all Douglas County residents, and because it is performed by volunteers, the program costs the Douglas County virtually nothing. In addition to providing security checks, community patrols, and radar board operations, the Auxiliary Unit also assists with traffic control, search and rescue operations, planned events, and neighborhood watch programs. Many of our Auxiliaries are retired and find the program is an excellent opportunity to serve the community while keeping active. This is truly a win-win program for Douglas County and those who serve.
As the winter holiday season approaches and travel arrangements are made, do not forget to take measures to reduce your vulnerability to crime. If you have any questions about the Auxiliary program, please contact the Sheriff's office at 509-884-0941. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Auxiliary member, please call 509-884-0941 during normal business hours, or email the Auxiliary Patrol.