The Colonial Heights Sentinel Program incorporates citizen volunteers into the police department to supplement and enhance services. Sentinel volunteers perform non-enforcement tasks such as traffic control, motorist assistance, crime prevention, and assistance at special events.
Prior to becoming a Sentinel, volunteers complete a 12-week training course and field training program. Classes, held during evening and weekend hours, provide necessary training to prepare students for entry into the Sentinel Program.
Each Sentinel is asked to donate at least 16 hours every month.