Sheriff's Office

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 Office 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.

To reserve your seat or to find out more information regarding this program please call Jessica Brinks 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's Office.

Volunteers will not intervene in any type of apprehension or dispute between individuals.


  • Must fill out a Sheriff's Office 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's Office.
  • 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's Office issued vest.
  • Volunteers will be required to fill out patrol logs at the end of their shifts.

For more information on the Volunteer Courtesy Trail Patrol position please contact:

Jessica Brinks
Volunteer Coordinator
(616) 632-6221