Citizen Observer Patrol

 

URGENT REQUEST

More COP members are needed to help make our community safer … won’t you help?
Call Lou Dubois at (954) 731-7102 and ask him how to add your name to the list of volunteers.

 

 

WHAT IS IT?

The BSO Citizen Observer Patrol(COP) is a group of volunteers who use a simple approach to safeguard our neighborhoods through citizen involvement. COP volunteers are local residents who help to reduce potential crime by patrolling their communities, looking out for suspicious occurrences or potential hazards and by offering assistance to others in their
neighborhoods.

COP volunteers wear uniforms and drive specially marked cars, adding to the crime fighting presence in the community. This vigilant, community-oriented group of volunteers acts as additional eyes and ears for law enforcement, providing a highly effective deterrent against crime.

 

WHO CAN BE A BSO COP?

Any citizen who meets the following requirements can be a COP volunteer:
• be at least 18 years of age
• reside in Broward County
• pass a background check
• possess a valid driver license
• complete at least four hours of the BSOCOP training program
• comply with all of the program’s policies and procedures

 

 

WHAT DOES A COP VOLUNTEER DO FOR THE COMMUNITY?

COP volunteers have several important tasks within their designated patrol areas, including:
• observe and report suspicious people, objects and occurrences to BSO’s communications dispatch via telephone

• perform checks on residences unoccupied for a long period of time, at the owner’s request
• check on elderly and homebound residents, as requested
• identify potential neighborhood hazards
• provide drivers with directions or roadside assistance
• report abandoned vehicles to BSO’spatrol deputies

 

Welcome to all volunteers who would like to join us in this endeavor.

Lou Dubois, Coordinator
954-731-7102