The City of Orlando recognizes that the cornerstone of Community Oriented Policing is a strong partnership between its citizens and police.
The Citizen Observer Program (C.O.P) is comprised of volunteers who help police by patrolling neighborhoods, shopping malls and school zones. Their main purpose is to report suspicious activities, persons and vehicles. C.O.P. members have no law enforcement authority and carry no weapons. They are equipped with radios that allow them to report directly to the 911 Call Center. Through the increased visibility of its specially marked vehicles, the C.O.P. helps deter criminal activity, aids in the discovery and reporting of crime and assists in the apprehension of criminals.
The Citizen Observer Program members are trained to observe and report suspected criminal activity, but never to actively confront a situation.
Requirements for Membership – To be accepted into the program applicants must:
- Be at least 25 years of age.
- Be in good physical condition and of good moral character.
- Possess a valid Florida driver license and not have an excessive driving violation history.
- Complete a volunteer application.
- Successfully pass a background and criminal history check.
- Successfully pass a driver physical, including drug test.
- Successfully pass a psychological examination.
- Successfully pass a polygraph examination.
- Successfully pass an oral interview.
- Volunteer at least 12 hours per month.
For additional information and an application, contact:
Orlando Police Department Volunteer Program
100 South Hughey Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801
Available in: Spanish