The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is recruiting for Citizens on Patrol (COPS), with applications accepted until Jan. 25. The group is a cooperative effort of the sheriff’s office and community participants, designed to enhance the quality of life in Madera County.
COPS members are a uniformed volunteer unit of the sheriff’s office trained to perform many duties such as: patrolling neighborhoods in marked vehicles to observe and report suspicious activity; assisting deputies at crime scenes; conducting vacation checks of residences while the homeowners are away; assisting with Search and Rescue missions; transporting sheriff’s vehicles and equipment; traffic control at special events; and many other important tasks.
Training requires completion of a structured 40 hour Citizen’s Patrol Academy, conducted by members of the Madera County Sheriff’s Office and other affiliated agencies. Topics covered include First aid/CPR, defensive driving, traffic control, radio communications, and safety issues.
Members must be 18 years or older and possess a valid California driver’s license. Felony convictions are disqualifying. Misdemeanor convictions are subject to administrative review. A medical clearance must be obtained from a physician and candidates must have the ability to successfully complete the academy.
Details: Stephanie Johnson, 559-675-7770; or Joann Evans, 559-642-3201.