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Madera County Sheriff’s Office is looking for volunteers. Could you be one of them?

In this 2016 photo, Citizens on Patrol, posted at the Road 600 road closure at Homestead Cottages in Ahwahnee, stood watch to ensure no through traffic passed, other than emergency crews.
In this 2016 photo, Citizens on Patrol, posted at the Road 600 road closure at Homestead Cottages in Ahwahnee, stood watch to ensure no through traffic passed, other than emergency crews. Sierra Star

The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is recruiting and taking applications for Citizens on Patrol through Dec. 12.

The COP is a volunteer unit that assists sheriff’s deputies in a variety of ways.

Its duties include patrolling neighborhoods to 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 other tasks, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Volunteers are required to complete a 40-hour academy, which trains members in the areas of first aid, CPR, defensive driving, traffic control, radio communications, safety issues, department policies, field operations and others.

Prospective volunteers must be at least 18 years old and possess a California driver’s license. Candidates with felony convictions are immediately disqualified, while misdemeanor convictions are subject to administrative review. Medical clearance from a physician is also required, deputies said.

The COP and Sheriff’s office are offering two opportunities for those unsure if they would like to volunteer.

The two groups will be hosting a meet and greet on Dec. 12 at Sheriff’s Headquarters, 2725 Falcon Drive in Madera. Candidates can also contact Cpl. Manuel Ramirez at 559-474-1284 or email him at manuel.ramirez@co.madera.ca.gov to arrange a ride-along.

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