COP (Citizen Observer Patrol)

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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 not sworn officers and have no law enforcement authority. Each COP volunteer shall act as the "eyes and ears" for the agency.

The primary functions of the COP program include, but are not limited to, the following duties in their assigned areas:

  • Patrolling and observing for possible criminal activity or persons needing assistance.
  • Reporting suspicious or criminal activity according to agency protocol.
  • Providing assistance to members of the Broward Sheriff's Office as needed.
  • Providing assistance to the public when necessary within the scope of their duties.
  • Additional special duties will be determined by the Sheriff or designee with oversight from the COP district command staff.

For more information on becoming a COP volunteer, contact your local BSO district office. To find your BSO district office, click here

Click here for an application for the COPs program. (This is a PDF file and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader. 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.