The 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.
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).
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:
- Visit the Municipal Volunteer Program – I Am Community website.
- Once the “Municipal Volunteer Program – I Am Community” page opens, click “Fill in an application” to create a new account.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- To sign up for this course, log into your “Municipal Volunteer Program – I Am Community” account and click the “Sign Up” tab.
- Under COMMUNITY SERVICES BUREAU, Click on the course “Citizens On Patrol New Member Orientation Training” to open the class schedule.
- 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.
In the neighborhood surrounding your residence.Click here to learn more about Citizens On Patrol Mobile.
Patrol Reporting Area Maps
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 Public Works Conference room of City Hall (101 E. Abram, 2nd 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.Contact your Crime Prevention Officer if you have not received a copy of the updated COP/COP Mobile Standard Operating Procedures/Code of Conduct.
- The next COP Collaboration Patrol starts March (Check Better Impact for updates).
- For anyone wanting to join Citizens on Patrol, the next class begins January 30, 2018 and Feb. 16, 2018 from 8 am – 5 pm, and they should sign up online at Better Impact.
- Winter In-service Training: Date – January 29, 2018, APD Training Center, Room #4 at 7:00 p.m.