C.O.P. PROGRAM VOLUNTEERS
In early 2012, Bartow Police Department began the implementation of a Volunteer Program called Citizens on Patrol (COP). The Program’s primary purpose is to enhance the Bartow Police Department by providing high visibility patrol within the city.
The Bartow Police Department mission is to serve the City of Bartow and its residents and businesses in a professional, ethical, and cost effective manner with excellent customer service and to provide a high quality of life in our community.
While no standard exists for what C.O.P. groups may or may not do, there are some common themes which are shared among most groups.
By patrolling their community, on a regular basis, usually in 4-8 hour shifts, Citizen Patrol Volunteers become more familiar with their community and are better able to recognize "suspicious" activity and notify the authorities. Due to their focused patrol activity, it is not uncommon for C.O.P.’s to observe crimes in progress. C.O.P.’s do not take enforcement action, they only observe and report. Citizen Patrol Volunteers are not authorized to carry weapons and are encouraged to avoid physical contact. C.O.P.’s greatest weapon is their established bond with local law enforcement and their ability to communicate directly with them by radio or cell phone.
In addition to wearing identifiable shirts and driving a special designated patrol car, the most common thread is acting as "Eyes and Ears" for law enforcement.
Properly implemented, Citizen Patrol groups have proven to be an excellent complement to law enforcement agencies, using the same members of the community that they protect and serve. If you are interested in this program please call the Community Services Coordinator Lyn Bryan at 863.534.5034.
You may download an application from the link below, complete all pages and return to:
Bartow Police Department
450 N. Broadway Ave.
Bartow, FL 33830
2016 VOLUNTEER APPLICATION