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Woodlands Citizens Observer Patrol Holding New Training Date for Volunteers

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By: Sharon Aron Baron

Did you know that the Woodlands has a Citizens Observer Patrol or COP program? The Broward Sheriff’s Office provides residents with the car, gas, and all the upkeep.  All they have to do is provide volunteers who will take the training class to become a COP certified.

Once certified and trained, residents drive around in pairs with different scheduled shifts throughout the month.

What do they do while driving around?

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Woodlands COP Volunteers Robert and Kristina Armstrong and Barry Kanarak.

The function of the Citizen Observer Patrol is to observe and report suspicious circumstances and criminal violations within assigned areas of responsibility. As a COPs volunteer, they cannot approach or arrest people.  Any activity that looks suspicious must be reported to BSO by phone.  Volunteers drive around and cover areas of the Woodlands and become the eyes and ears of BSO.

Would you like to be a volunteer?

Several times a year, the BSO District Office in Tamarac has a training class.  Their next one is on Friday August 25 at 6:00 p.mat the Tamarac BSO offices located at 7515 NW 88th Ave., next to city hall.  Becoming a COP volunteer requires a criminal background check and a Florida driver’s license. Please fill out the application here  You can decide later if you’d like to become a driver or a rider.  Volunteers are only asked to donate three hours of their time each month.

For further information contact Section 7 resident Larry Mellgren at 954-730-7617 or email him here

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