Citizens on Patrol (COPs) has been in operation since Sheriff John Anderson first took Office. The basic tenant of volunteers who join the community service program is to provide deputies as well as Madera County residents and business owners a much needed and highly effective second set of eyes and ears.
COPs play a vital role in traffic control, Search & Rescue missions and disasters. While their role is to assist law enforcement, many have been trained to work the front lines as first responders. The job requires extensive training and certification – all which is funded by the volunteers themselves.
Among the countless duties volunteers with Citizens on Patrol perform, they also conduct house checks. The Madera County Sheriff’s Department believes this community service offers homeowners a peace of mind in that they can find comfort knowing an added set of eyes and ears to check on their home when they’re away. Vacation House Check forms must be filled out and turned in to the Sheriff’s Department at least 7 days prior to the homeowner’s scheduled departure date. Forms are available at the Sheriff’s main office on Road 28 (Valley floor). To find out more, please contact Community Service Officer Joann Evans: 559-675-7770.