Sheriff's department welcomes 20th class of COP

Sheriff John Anderson announced today the Madera County Sheriff’s Office has six more reasons to be proud of the department’s nationally recognized Citizen On Patrol Unit.

Six new volunteers who now make up the more than 50 member strong unit of Madera County’s Citizen On Patrol, were sworn in by Sheriff John Anderson last night and formally recognized by both the Madera County Board of Supervisors, and State Senator Antony Cannella.

As with every class of COP Volunteers, each brings a rather impressive resume of past professions, and this new class of recruits is no exception.

Apart from swearing in the department’s first ever, Father, Mother and Son team (Bob McLaskey, Nancy McLaskey and Matt McLaskey) who will patrol the Madera Ranchos; Mike Decker of Oakhurst held a similar position in Sonoma County, where he patrolled state parks on horseback; and Doug Morton, who comes to Oakhurst with a background in Search & Rescue, moved to Madera County after retiring from the Newport Beach Police Department.

COPs have made a huge difference in the way law enforcement makes its presence known in our community, says Sheriff Anderson. “They are a much needed second set of eyes and ears, “he says, adding that “their contribution to our department is a vital service they provide for free to help us ensure the safety of Madera County citizens.”

While the role of Citizen 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 which is funded by the volunteers themselves.

In their nearly two decades of public service, says Sheriff Anderson, “Our volunteers have made Madera County’s Citizen on Patrol one of the most successful programs in the nation.”

On hand to award each of the graduates for successfully completing three months of training in the COP academy, were Supervisor Tom Wheeler, District 5 and Shannon Picciano, District Representative for State Senator Anthony Cannella.

In order to complete the COP training, all cadets must complete 40 hours of training in patrol procedures, first-aid, driving, traffic control and preservation of crime scenes.

The new Recruits and their beats: Matt McLaskey (Madera Ranchos), Bob McLaskey (Madera Ranchos) Nancy McLaskey (Madera Ranchos), Mike Decker (Oakhurst), Doug Morton (Oakhurst) and Rick Phillips (Coarsegold).

If you are 18 years or older and would like to learn more about the Sheriff’s COP program, contact our departments COP Coordinator, CSO Jo Ann Evans at 559-642-3201

-Madera County Sheriff's Departnment