Madera County Sheriff John Anderson swore in eight new volunteers to the more than 40 member unit of Madera County's Citizens On Patrol.
Anderson hosted a swearing-in ceremony Monday, June 17, in Madera Ranchos where graduates were formally recognized by both the Madera County Board of Supervisors and Senator Anthony Cannella.
Three volunteers will be stationed in Coarsegold, two assigned to the Oakhurst beat, and three more, including the son of a founding member, will patrol the Valley floor.
Anderson said COPs have made a huge difference in the way law enforcement makes its presence known in the community.
"They provide an invaluable service, because they know their neighbors and their neighborhoods better than anyone," Anderson said.
While the role of Citizens On Patrol volunteers is to mainly assist law enforcement, many are FEMA certified trained to work the front lines as first responders. The job requires extensive training, all of which is funded by the volunteers themselves.
"Our volunteers have made Madera County's Citizen on Patrol one of the most successful programs in the nation," Anderson said.