The Arlington Police Department is always looking for dedicated individuals who want to make a change in their community. We’d love for you to join our team! Don’t forget to sign up.

Citizens On Patrol

Arlington-Citizens-On-Patrol-logoThe Citizens on Patrol (C.O.P.) program empowers citizens to actively patrol their neighborhoods and take steps towards solving problems and preventing new issues. The mission of C.O.P. members is to reduce crime in their specific patrol area through teamwork with citizens and cooperation with the Arlington Police Department.

Upcoming C.O.P Training Classes

Every Thursday in April
April 4, April 11, April 18 and April 25
6-9 p.m. in the Excellence Multipurpose Room of the George Hawkes Downtown Library (100 S. Center Street.)

Qualifications for Citizens on Patrol (C.O.P)

    • Must be a minimum of 18 years of age or older at the time of application.
    • Must be able to successfully pass a departmental conducted driving history and criminal history check.
    • Must consent to an annual criminal and driving history check to ensure proper conduct and maintain program integrity.
    • Must be able to present proof of liability insurance coverage for your personal vehicle(s).

How do I apply for Citizens on Patrol?

To sign up for the next available Citizens On Patrol new member orientation training course, you will first need to be processed and accepted as a volunteer for the City of Arlington Police Department. This process is facilitated by our Personnel and Training Unit.

Here are the steps you need to take to get your application processed:

  1. Visit the Municipal Volunteer Program – I Am Community website.
  2. Once the “Municipal Volunteer Program – I Am Community” page opens, click “Fill in an application” to create a new account.
  3. Follow all of the instructions and be sure to complete all of the requested information. Also be sure to click “Save” as you go from screen to screen.
  4. Once you have submitted your application, a criminal history and driving history review will be performed by our Personnel and Training Department. Please allow up to 14 days for this review to be complete.
  5. If you have successfully passed the criminal history and driving history review your account will be set to “In Process” status. In Process means you are awaiting a volunteer assignment and are now eligible to attend the next Citizens On Patrol New Member Orientation Training Course.
  6. To sign up for this course, log into your “Municipal Volunteer Program – I Am Community” account and click the “Sign Up” tab.
  7. Under COMMUNITY SERVICES BUREAU, Click on the course “Citizens On Patrol New Member Orientation Training” to open the class schedule.
  8. Check the “Select All” check box to select all four courses. You must attend all four courses. Then click “Save” and you are done! Note: If you need a reminder of the course dates, just log in and check your Assignments tab.

Work Locations

In the neighborhood surrounding your residence.

Click here to learn more about Citizens On Patrol Mobile.


Patrol Reporting Area Maps

Program Updates

Just a reminder:

  • Sign up for the Collaboration Patrol in West District Apr. 18-20 for any shift/shifts.
  • COP In-service is August 27, 2018 discussing Economic Crimes and Aviation. This training is optional for members. Additional dates are on Better Impact.
  • If you’d like to attend the APD MANAGER Meeting, email Sgt. Pewitt.
  • The next COP training starts Fall 2018.

We will have the next COP Quarterly Meeting on Oct. 22, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. The Citizens on Patrol meetings are the 4th Monday in January, April, July, and October, so everyone wanting to attend has the opportunity.  COP meetings are held in the Conference room of City Hall (101 E. Abram, 3rd Floor) from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. The main purpose is to provide a place to have your voice heard and help each other by sharing with other members experiences and success stories you’ve had while patrolling. These meetings are for you to talk to your fellow members about what’s going on across the districts. Attendance is not mandatory but is an excellent way to stay up-to-date on the COP program.


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