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Citizens on Patrol (COPS)


655 East Third Street
San Bernardino, California 92415

(909) 387-0641

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The Citizen Patrol is a crime prevention program exercising proactive law enforcement principles. Each unit is comprised of adult citizens who are familiar with the local areas. These trained volunteers are utilized to enhance vital crime prevention services and community awareness. Citizen Patrol units perform vacation house checks, conduct business and residential security surveys, provide traffic control for special events, assist in Neighborhood Watch activities, perform welfare checks on invalid and elderly persons, and provide many additional services that permit deputies to concentrate on other law enforcement assignments. Annually, these 850 volunteers assigned to 30 different units, donate about 150,000 hours to the county of San Bernardino.


The qulifications to become a Citizen On Patrol are:

  • Must be at least 18 years of ageMust be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be a high school graduate or possess a G.E.D.
  • Must have a valid driver's license
  • Pass an oral interview
  • Pass a background investigation
  • Attend the Citizen Volunteer training course

  Training and Requirements
  • Monthly business meeting
  • Minimum one monthly training session (mandatory attendance at training)
  • Donate 8-16 hours a month (unit specific)
  • Maintain current First Aid and CPR certification
  • Public presentations