Citizens on Patrol
What Is the C.O.P. program?
Citizens On Patrol - C.O.P. volunteers are everyday citizens from all walks of life that contribute their time, energy, experience, and expertise to assist the Levy County Sheriff's Office and the citizens of Levy County. C.O.P. uses well-trained, uniformed volunteers to assist the Sheriff's Office in nonviolent, non-confrontational activities, thus allowing Deputies to focus on more urgent issues.
Why Do We Need C.O.P.?
The issues created by today's lawbreakers combined with budget restrictions that restrict the number of Deputies we can employ threatens to overwhelm our understaffed and overworked Sheriff's Office on a daily basis. Usually, the only alternative is to reduce the services performed by the Deputies. In the long run, however, this course of action only makes matters worse and is not in the best interest of the citizens. With this program, citizens do not have to sit idly by growing more and more concerned about the crime in our communities. Now citizens can get proactively involved and make a difference by volunteering their time to assist the Sheriff's Office with duties which are necessary services but which do not require the attention of a certified Law Enforcement Officer.
How Does C.O.P. Make A Difference?
After successfully completing training, C.O.P. volunteers assist the Sheriff's Office in many different areas of the Agency. C.O.P. volunteers regularly assist within the Patrol Division, Community Relations Division, Civil Division, and Administrative Division. Just a few of the duties that C.O.P. volunteers perform are:
- Patrol neighborhoods in specially marked C.O.P. cars.
- Represent the Sheriff's Office at ceremonial functions.
- Do clerical and analytical tasks at the Sheriff's Office.
- Check and report abandoned vehicles.
- Assist in traffic and crowd control at traffic crashes, obstructed roadways, crime scenes, and public events.
- Perform residence checks while occupants are away.
- Participate in searches for missing persons.
- Perform funeral and special event escorts.
- Assist with the placement and setup of speed detection and hazard sign trailers.
- Assist with Crime Watch and Business Watch Programs.
- Assist with jurors and witnesses during trials.
What are the requirements to become a C.O.P. volunteer?
- You must be at least 21 years of age.
- You must have a valid Fl. Drivers License or Fl Identification Card.
- You must have no criminal record.
- You must successfully pass a background check.
- You must be of good moral character.
- You must attend and complete the free C.O.P. training course.
- You must be willing to donate at least 8 hours of time per month.
- You must receive final approval by the Sheriff or his designee.
If you meet these requirements and you have a desire to help the Sheriff's Office and your community we invite you to contact us and inquire about joining the C.O.P. program.
If you would like more information or would like to apply please contact Lieutenant Sean Mullins , Levy County Sheriff's Office Community Relations Division at 352-486-5111 ext. 278