As a resident, together with BSO we can be a great team. Our BSO believes that with residents helping the officers spot suspicious activities, they can stop crimes before they are committed. BSO is asking residents to volunteer for the COP Program. BSO’s COP Program is a volunteer group sponsored by the Sheriff’s Office that uses a simple approach to safeguarding neighborhoods through residents’ involvement. COP volunteers are local residents who help BSO fight crime by patrolling their community, looking out for suspicious activity or potential hazards and offering assistance to local residents.
Typical assignments in addition to patrol activities include performing checks on unoccupied residences (at the owner’s request), checking on elderly or homebound residents (as requested) and reporting potential problems and neighborhood hazards to BSO. COP volunteers wear uniforms and drive specially marked vehicles, adding to the crimefighting presence in the community.
I’m asking residents of West Park to volunteer for the COP program. Volunteers must be 18 years of age, pass a background check, possess a valid Florida driver’s license, complete at least four hours of the training program and comply with all program policies and procedures. To apply, you may cut-out the application provided in this newspaper or you may call BSO at 954.321.4100. As always, if you need any assistance, please do not hesitate to call me at 954.889.4156.