What is Citizen Observer Patrol?
Citizen Observer Patrol (COP) consists of volunteers willing to devote their time to community crime prevention.
Who is a Citizen Observer?
A citizen observer is a West Palm Beach resident or business owner who has met the specific application, background and training requirements for the position.
How Do Citizen Observers Help?
Citizen Observers patrol their neighborhoods to observe and report the following:
- suspicious people, objects or occurrences
- unoccupied homes at the owners request
- identifiable or potential hazards
- neighborhood storm preparation
- missing/endangered children and elderly adults in a search and assist situation
PLEASE NOTE: West Palm Beach COP members have no law enforcement authority or powers.
Why Become a WPB COP Member?
West Palm Beach residents can help protect their local community against crime. The COP Program has emerged as a highly effective approach to residential safety, awareness and involvement. Distinctively marked vehicles patrolling local communities serve as strong deterrents against crime. Significant credit for the reduction of crime rates may be attributed to the presence of COP vehicles on the streets of member communities, along with the persistent vigilance of its volunteer COP members. Serving as a West Palm Beach COP member indicates commitment to the safety and security of the community.
COP Applicants Must:
- be 18 years or older
- reside or have a business in West Palm Beach
- complete an application form
- successfully complete a criminal history/background check
- possess a valid Florida Drivers License
- complete a mandatory two hour Citizens Observer Patrol training program
- comply with the West Palm Beach Police Departments Citizen Observer Patrol program policies and procedures
To join the COP program, call or e-mail Cheryl Sine, the Volunteer Coordinator, at 561-822-1621 or CSine@wpb.org.