A 'few good men and women' sought for Daytona Beach PoliceDepartment's COPs program

By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla -- An active and involved citizenry is vital to the Daytona Beach Police Department's success and there are several ways residents can get more involved with its operations, says the agency's leader.

"The Daytona Beach Police Department is currently looking for a few good men and women to add to its long-standing Citizens on Patrol program (COP), the department’s volunteer corps," Police Chief Craig Capri said.

"Participants in the program are known as COPs and they serve in a variety of roles including traffic control at vehicle accidents, neighborhood patrols, fingerprinting, house checks for residents who are out of town, plus crowd and traffic control for special events such as Bike Week, Speed Weeks, art festivals and a variety of community events. Many times COPs act as ambassadors for our department." 

"The Daytona Beach Police Department is currently looking for a few good men and women to add to its long-standing Citizens on Patrol program (COP), the department’s volunteer corps," Police Chief Craig Capri said.

"Participants in the program are known as COPs and they serve in a variety of roles including traffic control at vehicle accidents, neighborhood patrols, fingerprinting, house checks for residents who are out of town, plus crowd and traffic control for special events such as Bike Week, Speed Weeks, art festivals and a variety of community events. Many times COPs act as ambassadors for our department." 

 

No law enforcement experience is necessary and participants receive appropriate training from staff and also on-the-job training from our veteran COPs. Uniforms are provided and COPs travel in specially marked vehicles. 

COPs do not carry weapons and have no law enforcement authority. Applicants undergo a criminal history and a driver’s license background check.

If you are interested in DBPD's Citizens on Patrol program and would like to assist in the safety and security of our community, please call 386-671-5451.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.