Name: Adam Rowe
City of residence: Loomis
Education: California State University, Sacramento; major in criminal justice
What do you do for Placer County Sheriff's Office (PCSO)?
My main task is working with the Placer Sheriff’s Activities League (PSAL) which is a nonprofit within the Sheriff’s Office. The program’s goal is to help at-risk youth in the communities of Placer County. Our job as a volunteer in the program is to help with the sporting activities and homework assistance, which happens three days a week while school is in session. During the summer we take the kids on a number of field trips all over the area. Separate from the work I do for PSAL, I work special events for the Sheriff’s Office throughout the county. Since starting my volunteer work in March of this year, I have worked around 20 events for the Sheriff’s Office. While volunteering at the Sheriff’s Office I’ve put in nearly 800 hours.
Why did you choose to volunteer for PCSO?
As I was finishing my degree at Sacramento State, I had a lot of free time and wanted to fill that time with something that makes a difference. I decided to fill that time for volunteer work. I thought since I wanted to have a career in law enforcement that volunteering for the Placer County Sheriff’s Office would be a great opportunity to get an inside look into law enforcement.
What are some of the main highlights you have enjoyed in your volunteer work?
Volunteering with PCSO has given me many different opportunities that I wouldn’t have been able to experience. I’ve really enjoyed working with a great group of people within the Sheriff’s Office. I’ve enjoyed working with the kids in our program though it can be trying at times. My favorite thing about volunteering with the Sheriff’s Office is the reaction you get from members of the community, especially children.
Where would you like to see yourself in the next five years?
My end goal is to work for the Placer County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy sheriff. Though getting a job with the PCSO is no easy task and I will likely start my law enforcement career elsewhere. So in the next five years I see myself working as a peace officer wherever that might be, hopefully somewhere close to home.
Would you recommend this kind of work? Does it take a type of personality to volunteer for PCSO?
I enjoy volunteering for the Placer County Sheriff’s Office but would I encourage people interested to do some research to see if it’s a good fit for them. Overall, if you have free time and enjoy law enforcement related things, I would recommend checking out the volunteer program. The normal volunteering work I wouldn’t say needs too much of a personality other than you should be able to get along with people because you meet so many people while volunteering for PCSO, employees and members of the community. For the PSAL side of things, I would say you would want patience and commitment. Anything to do with dozens of kids at one time you will need patience. And commitment is needed because there is a lot of work that goes into the nonprofit side of things like fundraising and spreading the word about the program. All that being said, if you’re interested in volunteering for the PCSO, I would encourage you to contact our volunteer coordinator.