Are you interested in volunteering
your time to help control crime and keep Volusia County a safe place to
live, work and play? If you are, the Citizen Observer Program (C.O.P.)
is interested in you.
PatrolsThe Volusia County Sheriff’s
Office C.O.P. program was established to assist Deputies in combating
crime throughout the county. C.O.P. volunteers patrol neighborhoods to
deter crime and act as an extra set of eyes and ears for the law
enforcement community. Approximately 200 members are now patrolling in
designated areas of Deltona, DeBary and unincorporated DeLand and Orange
City on the west side of the county and the North Peninsula of Ormond
Beach and the unincorporated Edgewater/New Smyrna area on the east side
of the county. The unarmed mobile patrols keep a sharp eye for any
suspicious activity and notify lawmen through radios in their vehicles
that are used to contact a base station operator. The base station
operator then contacts the Sheriff's Communications Center, where
Deputies are dispatched for response if necessary.
The program has added several new and diverse responsibilities since its
inception in 1989. Following the events of 9/11, C.O.P. volunteers
have played an increasingly important role in the Sheriff’s Office's
homeland security efforts as well as other critical activities. Today,
C.O.P. members may find themselves performing many of the following
patrols of critical facilities such as power stations, gas
pipelines, and other sensitive installations.
at special community events and emergency situations.
Assisting at emergency
shelters for hurricanes and evacuations.
Watches for residents who are out of town for extended periods.
children for family records.
Distributing the Vial
of Life to elderly or disabled members of the community.
Setting up radar
speed-measuring trailers at various locations in the county.
support such as food and water supplies to Deputies who are on
extended crime, search, rescue, or emergency scenes.
Speaking to Neighborhood
Watch groups about patrolling their neighborhood and the C.O.P.
The Volusia County Sheriff's Office is recruiting new volunteers who
want to take an active role in working to help stop crime in our
community. Anyone wishing to become a C.O.P. volunteer must apply for
membership and undergo a complete background check, including a drug
screen, photograph and a fingerprint check.
and ID Cards
Upon satisfactory completion of the entry process, each candidate must
complete 60 hours of basic training conducted by instructors with the Volusia
County Sheriff's Office. When the candidates complete their training,
they are issued uniforms and a photo identification card. The I.D. cards
are renewed annually for all members who volunteer at least 120 hours
per membership year.
Care to join us? You may download a copy of our application in Microsoft
Word format by clicking here
or in a .pdf format by clicking
here. An application for membership can also be received by contacting any
District office or calling or
e-mailing the contact below.
For more information,
please contact the C.O.P. Coordinator Mr. Tim Lamprey at 386-736-5961 or
to sheriff's office home page