COP (Citizen Observer Patrol)
Together we can be a great team. The Broward Sheriff's Office believes that with residents helping our officers spot suspicious activities, we can stop crimes before they are committed.
BSO's COP Program is a volunteer group sponsored by the Sheriff's Office that uses a simple approach to safeguarding neighborhoods through residents' involvement. COP volunteers are local residents who help BSO fight crime by patrolling their community, looking out for suspicious activity or potential hazards and offering assistance to local residents.
Typical assignments in addition to patrol activities include performing checks on unoccupied residences (at the owner's request), checking on elderly or homebound residents (as requested) and reporting potential problems and neighborhood hazards to BSO.
COP volunteers wear uniforms and drive specially marked vehicles, adding to the crime-fighting presence in the community.
Applicants must be 18 years of age, reside in Broward County, pass a background check, possess a valid Florida driver's license, complete at least four hours of the training program and comply with all program policies and procedures.
For more information on becoming a COP volunteer, contact your local BSO district office or call BSO's Youth & Neighborhood Services at (954) 321-4100.
Click here for an application for the COPs program. (This is a PDF file and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download Reader if you don't have it.) Complete the form and return it to your local district office. Applicants should attach a photocopy of their driver's license or other identification to this form.