1 CONTENTS 2 NACOP Overview 3 President's Message 7 NACOP Grant News 8 All Points Bulletin 9 Tips for Recognition 10 Growing Trends 12 CPAT Overview 23 Membership Published quarterly by National Association Citizens On Patrol The Official Quarterly Newsletter of the National Association Citizens On Patrol Dedicated to citizen patrol volunteers, their organizations, and members of law enforcement FEATURES C.O.P. Conference Series Previews July 31st Florida, Sept. 25th California, Oct. 23rd Manassas, VA pages 4-6 Indian River Sheriff's, FL Citizens Patrol All Star Team of Volunteers with Winning Results! pages Leesburg, VA Citizen Support Team Small Town group with Big Results! pages PLUS John Walsh Films First Ever Citizen Patrol Public Service Ad page 7 Need Criminal Justice Information? Call the NCJRS. page 13 Citizen Patrol Boat Patrols, A growing Trend page 10 East meets West, Citizen Patrol Groups Come Together page 11 Calling all Members, Award Nominations Needed page 6 In Memory of Mr. Roy Vest, a Tribute to all C.O.P.'s page 8 P.O. Box 727 Corona, CA Ph: 909 / Fx: 909 / Editor-in-Chief Arthur J. Femister Production Editor Ms. Jill Femister Suggestions and comments regarding this newsletter are welcome. Pictured above: Members of the Indian River County, Florida, Sheriff's Citizen Patrol Team outside the Los Angeles Dodgers training facility in Vero Beach, Florida, located within the County.
2 NACOP OVERVIEW 2 The National Association Citizens On Patrol Corporate Status A Non-Profit Public Benefit Corporation registered and incorporated within the state of California organized to meet the requirements of an IRS 501C3 tax exempt charitable organization. Mission Statement 1) Support existing Citizen Patrol organizations with increased communications, education and training to further increase their professionalism and efficiency, as well as assisting in recruitment and retention efforts. 2) Promote the use of Citizen Patrol organizations in areas where they are not currently used by educating the community as to the many benefits such as reduced crime and cost savings. 3) Educate the public and media regarding the role of Citizen Patrol organizations and how they benefit the community. 4) Ensure our staff is equipped with the skills necessary for the association to be managed professionally. Long Term Goal Provide Citizen Patrol organizations with the same level of recognition, awareness, and respect that other public safety organizations have which will help to increase the volunteers pride. Arthur Femister Helen Reardon Board of Directors Arthur Femister, Chairman of the Board and Director Ms. Helen Reardon, LASD, Retired, Member of the Board Dr. John Bair, Member of the Board Mrs. Amy Kingery, Member of the Board Sgt. Darrell Hibbens, MCSD, Member of the Board Officer Tom Carney, NMBPD, Member of the Board Sgt. Cliff Weston, SBSD Honorary Director Executive Staff Arthur Femister, President and Founder Mike McAleavey, Vice President Dr. John Bair, Secretary and Treasurer Mrs. Jill Femister, Webmaster and Newsletter Editor Mike McAleavey Amy Kingery Tom Carney Dr. John Bair Sgt. Weston Sgt. Hibbens This project was supported by Grant No DD-BX-0377 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the Office for Victims of Crime. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not represent the official position or policies of the United State Department of Justice.
3 PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE 3 Welcome to the second release of our new look for "Eyes and Ears", the only published newsletter in the nation dedicated to Citizen Patrol Volunteers and the Coordinators who support them! As we prepare to go to press with this edition, many exciting and "first ever" events are happening. We've just received the 30-second Public Service Ad from John Walsh, host of America's Most Wanted, taped at their facilities for the NACOP. In the next week we will be filming locally in Southern California "Action" scene footage to be edited into the tape. We will be premiering this first ever PSA at the first of this year's three Citizen Patrol conferences on Saturday, July 31,, in North Miami Beach, Florida. Speaking of which, we are only weeks away from the first ever regional Citizen Patrol conference to be held in Florida. We're expecting over 300 C.O.P. Volunteers from 40 or more agencies to attend. We have a great line up of speakers, thanks in part to one of our Board of Directors, Mr. Tom Carney, of the North Miami Beach, Florida, Police Department. On a sad note, during this conference we will be helping to raise funds for the family of North Miami Beach Police Detective Orestes Lorenzo who lost his life in an automobile accident while on duty earlier this month. He is survived by his wife and three children. With the Florida conference just around the corner, we're preparing for the Fifth Annual NACOP members conference where we celebrate the selection of the "Citizen Patrol Volunteer of the Year" and the "Coordinator of the Year" along with other special awards and presentations. As always, the conference is open to non members also who enjoy sharing in our successes. With the fire season now upon us and in full swing in some parts of the nation in addition to the ever present threat of terrorism, now more than ever, Citizen Patrol volunteers are needed to assist law enforcement. We hope our organizations efforts will help make our great nation a stronger and safer place for all. As always, I welcome any feedback and look forward to hearing from you. Until then, have a safe summer and remember, Be Seen, Be Heard and Continue to Make a Difference! Respectfully, Arthur Femister President and Founder If you're serious about supporting your Citizen Patrol Volunteers, we invite you to join the National Association Citizens On Patrol, the first and oldest non-profit organization dedicated solely to supporting C.O.P.'s and those critical individuals, the Coordinators, who support them. See page 23 for more details on the many benefits membership in the National Association Citizens On Patrol has to offer and join us today! In addition to founding the NACOP, after a 22 year career in the Information Technology sector, Mr. Femister founded the Public Safety Volunteer Institute to help train Volunteer Coordinators on topics such as how to recruit, manage, reward and retain volunteers and travels the nation conducting workshops. Prior to that he served four years in the U.S. Coast Guard conducting Search and Rescue Missions and Law Enforcement patrols. Mr. Femister has been an active Citizen Patrol volunteer since 1997 and completed a Level II Reserve Police Officer training course. He also serves as an on-call Volunteer with his local county Fire Department and serves on his city's CERT, Community Emergency Response Team. Mr. Femister is a recognized expert in the area of Citizen on Patrol and has been featured on TV, Radio and Newspapers. He has received numerous awards for his community service and is one of the few civilian recipients of the IACP's, International Association of Chiefs of Police, "Presidents Coin" and is a member of National Criminal Justice Editors Group and the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers. Mr. Femister continues to serve and patrol as an active Citizen Patrol Volunteer and regularly donates 40 plus hours a month of his time to various Public Safety organizations.
4 Conference Schedule 4 Break out the Uniforms, Polish those shoes and Shine those Patrol Cars, it's time to get ready for the Citizen Patrol conference series coming to the East and West coasts. This year, with funding assistance from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance, we are proud to host two Regional Citizen Patrol Conferences. These two conferences are in addition to our upcoming Fifth Annual National Citizen Patrol conference held in Southern California where we present the "Citizen Patrol Volunteer of the Year" and "Coordinator of the Year" awards, along with other special awards. Our first of two regional conferences of the year will be held in North Miami Beach, Florida, on Saturday, July 31,, and Manassas, Virginia on Saturday, October 23, and will be free of charge to all attendees. Our National conference will be held on September 25,, at the Chino Valley Community Church, Chino Hills, California, and there is a nominal fee to attend this conference to cover our cost. Register now online at for our Florida and Virginia Regional Conferences! Registration for the Fifth Annual NACOP conference will be by mail as a small fee is required to attend. Invitations and further information will be posted and sent prior to August 1,. Please check our web site, for additional information. Saturday, July 31,, North Miami Beach Performing Arts Center, North Miami Beach, Florida, 9:00am - 4:00pm, 10 minutes northeast of Miami, Florida Saturday, September 25,, Chino Valley Community Church, Chino Hills, California, 9:00am - 4:00pm, 30 minutes east of Los Angeles where the 71, 91 and 60 Freeways meet. Saturday, October 23,, Manassas Baptist Church, Manassas, Virginia, 9:00am - 4:00pm, 20 minutes southeast of Washington, DC Pictured Above, the entrance to the North Miami Beach Performing Arts Center which features seating for over 1,000 with a beautiful lobby and large stage. The facility is next door to the North Miami Beach Police Department. Pictured Above, outside view of the Manassas Baptist Church auditorium which seats 800 and offers a large parking lot for Citizen Patrol vehicles to stage and be on display for all to see, please join us!
5 FLORIDA CONFERENCE PREVIEW 5 Upcoming First Annual Southeastern Regional Citizens On PatrolConference Planned Agenda Saturday, July 31,, the Performing Arts Center, North Miami Beach, Florida 9:00am - 9:30 Opening remarks, Agenda Review Welcome speech from Chief Bill Berger, Chief of Police, North Miami Beach, Florida and Past President, International Association Chiefs of Police Video Tributes to Citizen Patrol Volunteers and their Coordinators Premier of the first ever Public Service Television Ad for Citizens On Patrol, featuring John Walsh of America s Most Wanted, developed by the NACOP for use across the nation. 9:30-9:45 BREAK 9:45-10:45 Preventing Acts of Terrorism in your Community Speaker: FBI Special Agent Tom Rice, Miami Field Office, Counter-Terrorism Threat Response Team 10:45-11:00 Break 11:00-11:45 Developing a Volunteer Home Front Security Program Speaker: Officer Skip Brown, Delray Beach, Florida, Police Department 11:45-1:30 Lunch and Networking Time. This special two hour period will be used for attendees to eat lunch and meet with others from throughout Florida and beyond, take pictures and view the many C.O.P. Patrol Cars onsite from various groups Special demonstration by the NMBPD SWAT Team during the lunch period. Lunch will be offered for a reasonable fee by the North Miami Beach Police Employees Association, with proceeds going to support families in need. There are also many restaurants in the immediate area to purchase lunch from. 1:30-2:00 Awards Presentation: Best in Show Patrol Vehicle, Furthest Traveled to the Conference, Furthest Driven Patrol Car, Most Unique Vehicle Most Attended COP Group at the Conference, and others to be announced. 2:00-2:45 The Role of the Office of Emergency Management in Florida Speaker: Chief Carlos J. Castillo, Director, Office of Emergency Management, Miami-Dade County 2:45-3:00 BREAK 3:00-4:00 Localizing Homeland Security Special Guest Speaker: Col. Danny McKnight, Ret. U.S. Army Portrayed in the Epic Blockbuster movie, Black Hawk Down Col. McKnight, as portrayed by actor Tom Seismor, was the ground forces commander for the Task Force that led the rescue mission to save a team of Army Rangers and Delta Force members after their attempt to rescue the downed pilots. 4:00 pm End of Conference, Patrol Vehicles stage for a Police escort caravan through North Miami Beach to the Florida Turnpike to be video taped for event submission to the Guiness Book of World Records, weather permitting as the caravan needs to be video taped for proof.
6 Fifth Annual NACOP Conference Preview WANTED by the NACOP Board of Directors, Nominations for the " Citizen Patrol Volunteer of the Year" and "Citizen Patrol Coordinator of the Year" to be presented at the Fifth Annual NACOP Conference Saturday, September 25, Chino Valley Community Church Chino Hills, Southern California NACOP member organizations, please submit your nominations for the above categories No Later Than September 1,, for consideration. Remember, your nominee does not have to be present to receive this award. All Member submissions will be given due consideration. Coordinators, this is your chance to let your Volunteers know you care! Volunteers, this is your chance to show your appreciation for your Coordinator! Submit your one page nominations to: Art Femister by at: OR by Fax at OR mail to NACOP, P.O. Box 727, Corona, CA,
7 NACOP GRANT UPDATE 7 John Walsh of America's Most Wanted Films First Ever Public Service Ad for the NACOP and Citizens On Patrol to Help Expand their Use Since its founding, the National Association Citizens On Patrol has received numerous requests from law enforcement departments across the nation to provide them with technical assistance and help in forming Citizen Patrol programs. With shrinking budgets and more focus on terrorism alerts being shifted to local police and sheriff's departments, the need for well trained and qualified patrol volunteers to assist with non-enforcement duties, while acting as additional "Eyes and Ears", has never been greater. President Bush's call to action and the formation of the Citizen Corps has raised the awareness level of many Americans who want to volunteer; however, many find it difficult to locate an existing group where they can donate their time. As part of the $50,000 in federal funding, the NACOP has developed the first ever, made for TV, 30 second Citizen Patrol Public Service Advertisement along with a Radio ad. Once completed, broadcast quality copies will be made available to any Citizen Patrol group, via their Law Enforcement Agency, while supplies last, to be used locally to help get the word out about their own organization with the goal of helping to assist with their recruitment efforts and generally spread the good word about Citizen Patrol groups. There is No charge for either the TV or Radio PSA, other than a small shipping and handling fee to cover our cost. Citizen Patrol action scenes will be filmed for the TV PSA on July 17,, with the assistance of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's and Chino Hills, California, Police Department. The "action" shots will include a variety of Citizen Patrol men and women from a number of agencies representing a diverse group of ethnic backgrounds. The PSA will premier at the first of three Citizen Patrol conferences on Saturday, July 31, in North Miami Beach, Florida. Stay tuned for more information and be sure to visit the NACOP web site, in late August,, to view the PSA online! Pictured above, John Walsh, internationally recognized Crime Fighter and host of the long playing series, America's Most Wanted, featured in the Citizen Patrol PSA. Attention Readers, to view our newsletter in Full Color, log onto our web site, and click on the "Newsletter" link.
8 ALL POINTS BULLETIN TIPS, FACTS, UPDATES FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY 8 Welcome New Members to the National Association Citizens On Patrol: This past quarter, Citizen Patrol groups from the Mountain Home Police, Idaho; Santa Barbara County Sheriff's, California; Sanford Police, Florida; Oddessa Police, Texas; Josephine County Sheriff's, Oregon; Bedford County Sheriff's, Virginia; Bell Gardens Police, California; Santa Cruz County Sheriff's, California; Whittier Police, California; Clearwater Police, Florida; Dinuba Police, California; Humboldt County Sheriff's, California joined our nationwide organization. We welcome these Twelve new member organizations and appreciate their support! In Memory of Mr. Roy Vest, Citizen Patrol Volunteer, SBCSD, EOW June The following article was reprinted from the Hi-Desert Star Newspaper, Yucca Valley, California You see them everywhere: Diverting traffic around traffic accidents and fires; directing vehicles to parking lots and detours during special events; talking to children, passing out information and keeping an eye on things at the Yucca Valley concerts in the park; fingerprinting youngsters; ensuring that parking places marked for handicapped people aren t abused by unauthorized drivers. They are the members of the San Bernardino County Sheriff s Department Citizens on Patrol. Most of us just call them the citizen patrol, and the name suits them. They are citizens who have stepped forward to say they will take responsibility for the safety of their communities. They will make sure our children s fingerprints and distinguishing marks are recorded, so that in the awful event that a child is kidnapped, the sheriff s department immediately will have a proper description. If a business has had frequent break-in attempts or a person has gone on vacation, the Citizens on Patrol will take special care to drive through the neighborhood several times a night. Not only will they be there to report any suspicious activity, but criminals are often discouraged by the mere presence of an official vehicle with emergency lights, driven by officers who are in constant radio contact with the police. At the fires that recently ignited in Yucca Valley, citizen patrol officers rode to the scene to divert vehicles, allowing firefighters to do their jobs without having to worry about a traffic jam or distracted drivers making matters worse. Any time you have approached a traffic accident on one of our highways or major roads, you almost certainly saw the uniformed members of the citizen patrol, preventing another crash and directing vehicles around the rescue workers, allowing them to concentrate on saving a victim s life or investigating the cause of the collision. And at most special events like Grubstake Days, Turtle Days or Founders Days, it is the citizen patrol officers who stand in the highway, showing people the way to detours and parking. One of the officers you may have seen working with the citizen patrol was Roy Vest. He was particularly noticeable because he sometimes had to carry an oxygen tank with him. He was in his late 70s, and he wasn t as strong or healthy as he once was, but you d still see him out on his patrol, along with his partner and wife, Lynne Vest. Mr. Vest died in late June at the age of 77. A lot of people knew and loved him, but even more people walking around today were helped by Mr. Vest at one time or another, without even knowing who he was. He never got any money for his work, because like all citizen patrol members, he was a volunteer. But he loved his patrol work, loved what it allowed him to do for his community. When they were asked to name a favorite memory or accomplishment, the Vests would recall the time they found a boy who was deaf and mute and had wandered from home. Citizen patrol volunteers manned the search for the child, and the Vests found him. It s a simple story, but it s one that tells the larger tale of what the Citizens on Patrol volunteers do every day: Simple things that make a world of difference to the people whose lives they touch. Mr. Vest touched a lot of lives during his nine years on patrol, and we hope we speak for everyone in the Hi-Desert when we say we salute him proudly, and thank Mrs. Vest and all the citizen patrol volunteers who watch over us every day. If you'd like to share noteworthy information about your Citizen Patrol group or a special Volunteer, please forward your information to us for review and possible inclusion in a future edition of "Eyes and Ears". Please your story, along with contact information, and any pictures to Art Femister, org or you may fax, or mail it to us at the address listed on page one. We look forward to hearing from you!
9 QUICK TIPS FOR RECOGNITION 9 Pictured Below: Police, Sheriff 's and Fire Department Volunteer Coordinators gathered at the recent Lynnwood, WA, "How to Recruit, Manage, Reward and Retain your Law Enforcement Volunteers" workshop presented by the Public Safety Volunteer Institute. Attention: NACOP Members receive a 10% discount on "How to Recruit, Manage, Reward and Retain Law Enforcement Volunteers" Two-Day Workshops presented by the Public Safety Volunteer Institute. Log on to to view upcoming workshops in your area. Recognizing the efforts of your Volunteers is just one key to retaining them. Recognition can come in many forms such as the one below. Sgt. James from the Surprise, AZ, Police Department presents a check on behalf of the Surprise, AZ, Police Citizens Patrol to the City Council. The check represents the dollar value of the 13,696 hours donated by the dedicated C.P. volunteers for the year Sharing your group's efforts with others, such as your city council, board of supervisors, etc., is an excellent way to ensure your volunteers' efforts are recognized while emphasizing the important role they play, day in and day out. If you have a "Quick Tip For Recognition" that you'd like to share with others, please forward them to us for review and consideration in future editions of "Eyes and Ears".
10 ON SCENE A FOCUS ON GROWING TRENDS AROUND THE COUNTRY Citizen Patrol and Volunteer Staffed Boat Patrols Continue to Grow in Use on Lakes and Waterways 10 Pictured above, the Olympia, Washington Police Volunteer Harbor Patrol maintains a maximum team roster of thirtytwo members. All members are required to attend a monthly training session on the third Wednesday of each month, perform Harbor Patrol duties at least one weekend day per month and keep up with the required training. The normal duty day is a six-hour shift, however summer months often are not normal and some shifts may end up lasting as long as twelve hours. The Harbor Patrol of today has evolved into an exceptional team of trained volunteers that patrol Budd Inlet and the inner-bay from the Cooper Point / Boston Harbor area to the end of the bay at Percival Landing. In addition to their assigned duties in the bay, the volunteers also maintain the Harbor Patrol boat and its equipment. The combined boating experience of a Harbor Patrol crew average 50 years. The Patrol provides Search and Rescue operations from Anderson Island south and is the only twenty-four hour a day, seven days a week boat on call in the Puget Sound south of Anderson Island. The Harbor Patrol maintains a roster of call out crews and is capable of being under way within twenty minutes of being notified. The Search Crews on call out are often a combination of Regular Officers and Harbor Patrol volunteers that train together. Just one more way Citizen Volunteers are helping their communities and supporting members of law enforcement. Pictured Above: The Madera County, California, Sheriff's Citizen Patrol boat is used to help safeguard Lake Bass while assisting boaters. The vessel is a retired patrol boat formerly used by the Sheriff's Deputies on the lake. The boat is staffed by members of the Citizen Patrol team during the busy summer months on the lake and on demand. Pictured Above: In 2003 the Olympia, Washington, Police Department accepted delivery of a 28 Almar manufactured boat, equipped with a Furuno 1833C NavNet Radar / GPS system, and Furuno Depth sounder, the boat is powered by a Yanmar turbo-charged 300 plus hp diesel engine with a Bravo II outdrive. Have a thought or idea you'd like to share with others, please let us know and we will gladly consider all suggestions for future publication. Please call, write, or us at the contact information located on the cover page.
11 COMMAND VIEW East Meets West, C.O.P.'s Reunite and Share 11 The below article is a reprint from the Birmingham, Alabama, News regarding the recent get together of the Chelsea, AL, Citizen Observer Patrol and the Madera County, California, Sheriff's Citizen Patrol groups in the mountains east of Yosemite. The Chelsea Citizen Observer Patrol, an allvolunteer organization sponsored by the City of Chelsea and the Shelby County Sheriff s Department in Alabama, has teamed with the Madera County Citizens On Patrol in Madera, California. Both COP programs are composed of volunteers who, after receiving extensive training, patrol neighborhoods and business communities keeping a watchful eye to help deter crime and assist in emergencies. They do the same thing we do, but have different ways of doing it, said Jay Jerman, founder of the Chelsea COP, started 5½ years ago. The different things they do can be incorporated into our techniques. Jerman, COP director Bill Weldon and volunteer Sallie Williams visited Madera County, in the center of California near Fresno, earlier this month and rode along with their volunteers as well as Madera County sheriff s deputies. The Madera COP will send five of its volunteers to Chelsea in September for a similar experience, Jerman said. We learned a lot about emergency techniques, Jerman said. We want to Pictured to the right, members of the Chelsea, AL, Citizens Patrol with Madera County Sheriff, John Anderson (with plaque) and Sgt. Darrell Hibbens (far right) and far left, Officer Terri Mejorado, Dinuba Police Dept, together in the mountains west of Yosemite National Park. augment our emergency response plan with additional training based on what we saw out there. Members of the two COP programs decided to team up in November during the National Association of Citizens On Patrol conference in Southern California. At that conference, both agencies took home top honors for their dedication and service. Chelsea s COP program has more than 30 members. Ten are trained to handle emergency medical situations and 13 are trained to function as first responders in terrorist alerts. The program has been so successful that Montgomery County started its own program based on Chelsea s. The Madera County COP program is five years old and has 45 members, Jerman said. The ride-alongs proved very beneficial because we got to see different equipment and experience different terrain, Jerman said. But the real benefit is that we made some really good new friends. Pictured above, L to R, Jay Jerman of the Chelsea, AL, Citizen Observer Patrol and Sgt. Darrell Hibbens, Coordinator, Madera County, CA, Sheriff's Citizen Patrol enjoy beverages together after work and discuss various topics during their " East Meets West " meeting. Pictured above, Chelsea and Madera Citizen Patrol members take a break during a joint patrol together.
12 CITIZEN PATROL ACTION TEAMS The purpose of this initiative is to encourage the use of and help support the formation of Citizen Patrol Mutual Aid Teams to be used during natural disasters, major law enforcement actions, and potential terrorist threats or attacks. During the month of April,, several miles north of Lynnwood, Washington, a freak tornado touched down causing major power outages from trees falling into power lines, shutting down power to half the city for over eight hours. Fortunately the Lynnwood, WA, Police department has an outstanding Citizen Patrol organization in place to assist with disasters like this. Within one hour, close to 20 Citizen Patrol Volunteers were in place throughout the city assisting with traffic control at major intersections. Citizen Patrol Volunteers can provide a much needed Force Multiplier when the need arises, however the majority of Citizen Patrol groups do not communicate with each other until a disaster occurs. Our goal is to encourage, assist, and support groups with the formation of mutual aid agreements locally, regionally, and on a national level. As in the case of Lynnwood, WA, if the city had not been prepared with a strong group of ready police volunteers, or if the situation was worse than it was, what would they have done? Perhaps they could have turned to another community who has a Citizen Patrol group seeking their assistance and in turn be willing to offer their police volunteers should the need arise. This is the basis of the "CPAT, Citizen Patrol Action Team" initiative. 12 Pictured above: A common logo developed by the NACOP for Citizen Patrol Action Teams can help identify various units when responding outside their community to assist others in a time of need. Pictured above: A Citizen Patrol vehicle and Volunteer Team close a street lane due to a large downed tree limb thus freeing up Officers to be on patrol versus sitting idle directing traffic. Pictured above: Another large tree that fell blocking an entire street after the tornado touches down miles north of the city of Lynnwood, Washington, in April of. Pictured above: A large tree falls down onto a house after a freak tornado touches down miles north of the city of Lynnwood, Washington, knocking out power for over 8 hours.
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14 Organization Snapshot Leesburg Citizens Support Team Year Started: 1996 Number of Members: 19 Town Population: 33,500 Website: Provide an overview of your community, where the C.O.P. group operates. The Town of Leesburg, Virginia, was established in 1758 and has grown to the current population of 33,500. It s currently some 12 square miles in size and is the county seat of Loudoun County Virginia, which continues to be one of the top three fastest growing areas in the United States. Who started the C.O.P organization and why? Our organization was founded in 1996 by a forward looking Chief of Police who recognized the need to engage the citizens of the community in a closer relationship with the Police Department. Our goal was to maintain the quality of life we had in our community in view of the changes occurring so quickly around us due to our rapid population growth. How many people were initially involved and what did the organization look like then? Initially a 12 week Community Oriented Police School was presented by the Police Department. At the conclusion of this COPS class, a Citizens Support Team was organized by 14 of the graduates. Our initial mission was to assist the department with administrative tasks as well as Citizens on Patrol using cell phones to alert the Police Department to observed or suspicious events. What were your initial goals, crime reduction only, assist law enforcement with traffic, etc. During the first year, we focused on neighborhood patrol as the primary function of our organization. We also undertook a fingerprinting program which we offered free to parents at business open houses, school functions and anywhere else we were invited to appear. We developed a booklet for the PROFILE: LEESBURG, VIRGINIA, CITIZENS SUPPORT TEAM 14 In December, 2003, I had the pleasure of meeting with members of the Leesburg, Virginia, Citizen Support Team and Leesburg Police Chief Joseph Price at their headquarters to develop a profile on the Lessburg Police Citizen Support Team. The town of Leesburg is one of the fastest growing areas in the nation and after spending the afternoon with them, I can see why. If you'd like to live in a safe and friendly town where people care, Leesburg is for you! By Arthur Femister Pictured above: Members of the Leesburg, Virginia, Citizen Support Team parents incorporating both the fingerprints, tips on child safety and a medical release form that could be used in the event of a medical emergency while the children would be in the care of someone other than the parents. What types of challenges did you face initially and what are they now if any? Our early challenges were focused on the development of our program. Within the first year we became incorporated within the State of Virginia and registered with the Internal Revenue Service as a 501C3 organization. Along with this we adopted our Corporate By-Laws defining our structure as well as our relationship with the Police Department. The next challenge was creation of our Standard Operating Procedures defining everything from a code of conduct to the use of our equipment in the many applications we were developing. If you have patrol cars, what was your first patrol car, (make, model, condition, etc.) As our organization established itself with the Police Department and the Town Government, two about to be retired Chevrolet Caprice police cruisers were donated. These were reconfigured as Community Patrol vehicles with yellow bar lights in place of the blue. Our department s vehicles are all white with blues markings. We painted ours gold with white markings identifying them as Community Patrol vehicles. What does your Citizen Patrol car fleet look like now, how many cars, what type, etc. We re currently using the two marked vehicles on neighborhood patrol as well as members personal vehicles when on patrol in a less visible mode. What type of uniforms do you have? Polo shirts? Sheriffs uniforms? Combination? Our uniforms consist of navy blue trousers with a white shirt which has black pocket flaps and epaulets. Our shoulder patches were custom made from our team emblem. Our head gear is a white baseball style cap with Support Team embroidered on the front. We also issue a military black cloth belt with a black military style buckle and issue winter coats with our patch on both shoulders.
15 How many Citizen Patrol volunteers do you actively have now? At this time our membership stands at 19 members with several applications pending. What type of equipment do your members carry? Flashlights? Cuffs? Pepper Spray? etc. A list of our equipment would contain road flares, a whistle for traffic control, a flashlight with traffic wand, a traffic vest and a complete uniform including rain gear. Those members spending most of their time in Leesburg as opposed to work sites away from town are issued MetroCall rs so they can be contacted by either the Police Department or our local Fire and Rescue Services. All members are also issued a 400mz police portable radio which is monitored by our dispatchers. Our team also has six 800mz radios assigned to us which are used on a sign out basis and shared for patrol. These are used with the current police network and enable us to communicate directly on the active police channel with the patrol units as well as the dispatcher. Where is your Citizen Patrol office located? At the police station? Separate office? No office? Our Citizens Support Team has an office assigned for our use located within our Police Headquarters. All of our members have electronic pass keys granting us access to Headquarters as well as our office. How do you communicate between cars, volunteers and Law Enforcement? Cell phones, radios? Communications between Team members take place using cell phones, which most members have, or the 400mz radios which are used for coordination of team efforts at major events such as crowd control and along parade routes. Other events requiring our coordination by Dispatch are performed using the 800mz radios. How do you dispatch Citizen Patrol volunteers to accident scenes or calls for LE assistance? Our team call out procedures are initiated PROFILE: LEESBURG, VIRGINIA, CITIZENS SUPPORT TEAM by notification of a need made by the Police Dispatcher notifying one of our officers. The individual receiving the request then uses a call out notification form to contact those members needed to meet the requirements of the Police Department. What type of initial training do Citizen Patrol volunteers get and is there any ongoing training? Members are trained upon acceptance by older members in patrol related areas such as communications and our purpose as defined by our SOP s. Some training is performed by the Police Department to State certify our members in areas such as traffic control. Ongoing training is offered to all members either as a follow up to our scheduled meetings or as a standalone training session on a weekend. The Police Department also conducts COPS classes periodically which our members are required to attend either as basic training or as a refresher. Pictured above: Members of the Leesburg Citizen Support Team next to their patrol car in front of the Leesburg Police Station. Do you offer any Special Services to the public or LE such as fingerprinting, vacation checks, traffic control, crime scene control, stolen car checks, etc? Our service to the community is basically divided into two categories. The first is direct support to the community in the form of neighborhood patrols offering assistance to motorists, pedestrians and homeowners. One of our most popular programs began as child identification in the form of fingerprinting for the parents. We ve evolved into providing DNA identification in place of the fingerprints. We ve had much greater success with the DNA 15 collection considering we ve been able to collect samples from sleeping infants without waking them up. The additional benefit of one DNA sample lasting 80+ years as opposed to fingerprints which we recommended redoing as the child grew also appealed to the parents. We also have personnel on patrol at our local high school sporting events. The second category of support is to the Police Department and takes on a more complex numbers of chores. We re routinely called out for searches for lost individuals and assistance with traffic control at accident scenes, to assist with traffic at fire scenes and assist the Police when events become extended. These extended situations have included site security at plane crashes, standing by an open business while the owner responds to secure the business and observing a suspect vehicle or residence waiting for a suspect to show up. We also perform traffic control during storm power outages when the street lights go out. Other scheduled events include crowd control at Town events drawing thousands of participants and crowd control at parades and other civic events throughout the year. We also assist the Department with administrative matters when requested. What are the qualifications to become a Citizen Patrol member and what type of background check do applicants go through? Our members are recruited from the community at large. Our requirements are that they be over 21 years old and hold a valid drivers license. All applicants must submit a driving record report, provide information for a background check and be fingerprinted for a criminal check. What were your most current year s statistics such as amount of miles patrolled, total hours volunteered by all members, drop in crime rate due to C.O.P., specific crimes stopped in progress or caught? This past year our reported volunteer hours are down from the previous two years average of 9,500 hours to 8,011.5 hours. During the past year we ve participated in approximately 160 incidents or events. These include scheduled events like traffic control along parade or marathon routes, crowd control at major community events such as concerts or 4th of July celebrations, assistance at public
16 school sports events as well as unscheduled events like security at plane crash sites, searches for missing persons, DUI reports resulting in arrests and fights resulting in arrests even though the combatants had broken up at the sounds of the sirens approaching. Our observer was able to identify the initiator for the arriving officers. Closer inspection revealed outstanding warrants on the individual. Our acceptance within the Police Department is reflected in the attitude expressed toward us by our Departmental Command Staff. We enjoy an excellent relationship with the Department. The trust and confidence in our abilities are evidenced by the officers on the street in their willingness to ask for our assistance in the performance of their duties. The community has also expressed appreciation for our efforts to our personnel either directly or through recognition awards presented by both our Town and County Governments, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, the national Points of Lights Foundation and the Department of Justices Volunteers in Police Service web site. If you could wave a magic wand and get whatever you wanted for your Citizen Patrol group, what one thing would you ask for? (Tough question but an interesting one) The one thing we could use the most would be the issuance of the operational 800mz portable radio to each team member. Prior to the conversion of our police radio system from 400mz to 800mz, each member was issued and carried a 400mz portable radio on the active dispatch frequency when out and about in the community. This enabled all members to be aware of police activity within the Town at all times. It provided the Department with the seamless addition of eyes and ears throughout the community during the initial minutes of incidents. The result was numerous catches due to our members sighting and reporting subjects fleeing from the scenes of various incidents. Because of the cost of procuring an additional 15 radios, we make do by sharing the 6 new 800mz we currently have assigned to us. As a result of this policy, we no longer have radios with us unless on an active patrol. We have a need for an additional twelve 800mz radios. What are the most common issues/problems PROFILE: LEESBURG, VIRGINIA, CITIZENS SUPPORT TEAM you face (if you wish to discuss this)? The most common problem our organization faces deal with the leadership's ability to maintain the interest and participation of our members. What is your annual operating budget in dollars, assuming you have one? We have an annual budget of $5,000 which is provided within the Town of Leesburg s budget. The Police Department also supports us with surplus uniform items and equipment as it becomes available. In addition, we receive donations, usually in the form of cash, from the community at large to supplement our budget. What special events do you provide support for such as High School football games, Fairs, Graduations, traffic control for Marathon s and clean up days, etc? Our support for events throughout the community include uniformed presence at the athletic events at our two local high schools, traffic control for the many benefit races and marathons, crowd control and traffic control at Civil War Reenactments held in our area, crowd control and traffic control at our events like the 4th of July, Christmas Parades, and high school homecoming parades. We maintain an information booth with our host department at safety fairs and other public affairs events. We also maintain a uniformed presence at our local concert series held in the town square every weekend throughout the summer. We assist with DUI Checkpoints and in conducting surveys for the department. We conducted a seat belt survey both before and after an enforcement period to gauge the effectiveness of the effort. Another survey was conducted on designated intersections to determine problem intersections due to individuals running red lights. We also conduct radar speed surveys on designated streets. We patrol, on request, 16 at events such as the Leesburg Flower and Garden Show, August Court Days Fair and other occasions involving street closures in the downtown area. We maintain a booth upon request by civic organizations, businesses, schools both public and private, and anyone else to conduct DNA identification for all attendees. Over the past two years that we ve offered DNA identification to parents, we ve typed approximately 1,500 children in our community. Has any Citizen Patrol member ever been injured while performing their duties? Due to our policy of non-engagement in police matters, we have never incurred an injury in the line of duty. Our mandate is to observe and report. In that capacity, we ve been asked to maintain stakeouts but when the subject is sighted the officers take over and we withdraw. In the event of a crime drawing officers from other sectors, we fall back to maintain a presence in the areas vacated. The only incident in our six year history in which a threatening confrontation took place was a late night patrol when several subjects armed with baseball bats approached one of our patrolling members. A quick call on the portable brought an instantaneous response from several marked units resulting in profuse apologies from the subjects in question and a stern warning from the officers. How do you motivate, recognize and reward your Citizen Patrol Volunteers? Motivation is a difficult issue within any volunteer group. One method that works for us is to keep members engaged in productive efforts such as surveys, events and patrol. It s also important to get to know the patrol officers to increase their comfort level in the services available to them from our members. Awards and recognition come from various sources. We ve been recognized as the Volunteer Team of the Year by our local County Government. We ve had one of our members recognized as Senior Volunteer of the Year. We ve received numerous awards from our local Town Government for outstanding service to the community. We ve also received awards from our Police Department.
17 PROFILE: LEESBURG, VIRGINIA, CITIZENS SUPPORT TEAM 17 Most recently, the Department issued several of our members Commander Awards previously only granted to members within the Department for our efforts in locating an elderly patient who had wandered away from a local nursing home in a life threatening situation. Our organization has also been recognized by the national Points of Light Foundation and is recognized on their web site of cfm?awardnum=1271. In addition, we ve been recognized by the Volunteers In Police Service cfm?fuseaction=dis_pro_detail&id=625 Pictured above: Citizen Support Team Volunteer Member, John Mallery, stands watch over a school yard during the "DC Sniper" shootings in October, Most Significant Event Our Team has been effective in many areas including reporting drunk drivers, spotting fugitives resulting in their capture and finding injured and missing persons, but the most noteworthy event we participated in over the past year was assisting the Police Department in maintaining a uniform presence at our schools during the sniper incident last October. After the snipers made the threat against our children, our department placed personnel visibly in front of each of our schools. For the duration of the event until the snipers were captured we joined the police morning and afternoon at our assigned schools during drop off and pick up times. During these assignments we reported suspicious vehicles parking within sight of our posts while other patrol units cruised the neighborhoods and helicopters circled overhead. This event was the only time since the formation of our Leesburg Police Citizens Support Team that we intentionally put our people at risk. It was with a great sense of relief that we received word that the snipers had been apprehended some 30 miles north of our community.
18 PROFILE: INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, FL, SHERIFF'S, COMMUNITY SERVICE UNIT 18 Organization Snapshot Indian River Cty Sheriff's C.O.P.'s Year Started: 1990 Number of Members: 95 County Population: 120,000 Website: In February, I had the pleasure of meeting with Captain Paul Fafeita, Volunteer First Lt. Paul Burnham and Volunteer Captain Vinnie Palladino at the Indian River County, Florida, Sheriff's Headquarters. As I travel across the nation meeting various Citizen Patrol groups, this is one of the most professional and dedicated groups I've come to know. Their initial training requirements are large and their ratio of patrol vehicles to members is one of the highest I've seen in the nation and they don't sit idle! The following is their story. By Arthur Femister Provide an overview of your community, where the C.O.P. group operates. Indian River County, Florida, has 120,000 full time residents and approximately 50,000 additional seasonal residents between the months of November and April. The county covers over 550 square miles with about 50 square miles occupied which still leaves a large area to cover. Cities within the county include, Vero Beach, home of the Los Angeles Dodgers Spring Training Camp, Indian River Shores, Fellsmere, Sebastian and Orchid. Who started the organization and why? The Community Service Unit group was founded in 1990 with the goal of providing Crossing Guards, Traffic Control and housing checks. How many people were initially involved and what did the organization look like then? The unit started with two people. What types of challenges did you face initially and what are they now if any? Like many other Volunteer groups involved in the law enforcement community, one of our initial challenges was gaining the acceptance of the Deputies and learning proper radio codes. If you have patrol cars, what was your first patrol car, (make, model, condition, etc.) Our first patrol car was an older model Ford LTD Station Wagon. What does your Citizen Patrol car fleet look like now, how many cars, what type, etc. Today our Volunteer vehicle fleet consists of twelve Ford Crown Victoria's, one Ford Taurus and one Ford Expedition for a total of fourteen Patrol Vehicles for our 55 Volunteer Community Service Specialists. Several of our Pictured Above: Indian River County Sheriffs' Community Service Unit Volunteers Volunteers are assigned "Take Home" patrol units as it allows them to respond to request for Traffic Control more quickly than having to drive to the station and pick up a unit prior to responding. What type of uniforms do you have? Polo shirts? Sheriffs uniforms? Combination? Volunteer Community Service Specialists who belong to the Community Auxiliary Patrol uniforms consist of dark green pants with grey stripes on the sides, light grey shirts and "Trooper" style hats and black weave belts. How many Citizen Patrol volunteers do you actively have now? We currently have a total of 95 Volunteers with 55 assigned to patrol function and the remaining 40 providing administrative support within the department and sub stations. What type of equipment do your members carry? While on patrol Members are authorized to carry a Sheriff's radio, flashlight and rubber glove holder on their belt. No weapons. Where is your Citizen Patrol office located? At the police station? Separate office? No office? The Community Service Unit, Volunteer Offices are located within the same complex as the Sheriff's headquarters within their own 600 square foot dedicated office facility which houses the unit's equipment and offices for the team's Captain and First Lieutenant. The unit also staffs a sub station at the mall. How do you communicate between cars, volunteers and Law Enforcement? Cell phones, radios? We use the same radio system as our Deputies. How do you dispatch Citizen Patrol volunteers to accident scenes or calls for LE assistance? Again, we use and are on the same radio and channels as our Deputies, dispatch contacts us directly via the unit radio. What type of initial training do Citizen Patrol volunteers get and is there any ongoing training? New Community Service Unit Volunteers
19 PROFILE: INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, FL, SHERIFF'S, COMMUNITY SERVICE UNIT 19 attend a Sixteen week Citizens Academy of 2 hours per week and then approximately 6 weeks of 120 hours with a FTO, Field Training Officer. New Volunteers must also receive CPR and First Aid certification and take a class in Defensive Driving and Traffic Control. Do you offer any Special Services to the public or LE such as fingerprinting, vacation checks, traffic control, crime scene control, stolen car checks, etc? The combined 95 members of the unit provide a variety of special services such as Unlocking Vehicles for citizens who lock their keys inside. On average we unlock 16 cars a day. Our Administrative Unit conducts several special programs such as "We Care" which involves calling elderly residents on the phone to check on them. If they do not answer the phone, the team will then dispatch a Volunteer patrol unit to the citizen's home to check on their condition. The Admin Unit also conducts a program called "Phone a Friend" where, if requested, they will call the home of kids who are at home without parents after school to check on them. Our patrol unit also provides a unique service to the court system and the community by providing "DUI Impounds". If an individual is ordered by the court to have his vehicle impounded, such as in the case of Drunk Driving convictions, rather than having it actaually towed to the impound yard, the CSU team will make contact with the owner by phone and then arrange to meet at the vehicle owner's home and install a "Club" on the steering wheel and collect the impound fee at that time which is forwarded to the court. When the impound period is over, the CSU Volunteers will return to the owner's home and remove the Club from the vehicle. Another function of the Volunteer Community Service Specialist's within the Uniformed Community Auxiliary Patrol, after completing an 8 hour certification course, is to run vehicle license plates for suspected stolen vehicles which are not uncommon to find in parking lots near the Florida Interstate 95. Additional certifications available for CSS's is a 24 hour parking enforcement course which allows Volunteer Uniformed Community Service Specialist to issue Handicap Parking Pictured Above: L to R, Vinnie Palladino, Sheriff's Captain and CSU Coordinator Paul Fafeita, Ken Flickenger and Paul Burnham violations to those without placards. Our unit also conducts many of the other common duties of Volunteer Patrol units such as residential home vacation checks, extra patrol business checks and area checks for problem locations. What are the qualifications to become a Citizen Patrol member and what type of background check do applicants go through? We conduct a background check the same as we do for our Deputies and we require a drug screening test. What is your number one ongoing challenge, assuming you have one? Recruiting qualified members of the community as we ask a lot up front to get the best people in the long term. How do you recruit new members? Generally by word of mouth from others and through our Citizens Academy. How do you rate the overall acceptance Pictured above: Members of the Indian River County, Community Service Unit, Volunteer Command Staff which consist of one Captain, one First LT., Deputy Division Commander, Four LT.'s, one Administrative Sgt. and six Field Training Sgt.'s. Pictured in the middle, Sheriff Roy Raymond. of your group by the public and Sheriff's department? In a word, Excellent! If you could wave a magic wand and get whatever you wanted for your Citizen Patrol group, what one thing would you ask for? Newer Patrol Vehicles and Laptops in all our patrol vehicles. What is your annual operating budget in dollars, assuming you have one? Our uniform budget is $15,000 a year along with a budget of $5,000 for our annual awards and recognition banquet. We also receive donations from the community that are set aside in a seperate account for the Community Service Volunteer Unit to support the needs of the team with equipment and other items. What special events do you provide support for such as High School football games, Fairs, Graduations, traffic control for Marathon s and clean up days, etc? We assist many of the community events that happen within the county Has any Citizen Patrol member ever been injured while performing their duties? No. How do you motivate, recognize and reward your Citizen Patrol Volunteers? We recognize and reward our volunteers in a number of ways such as Years of Service awards, handsome clocks for 1,000 hours of service, Volunteer Appreciation Dinner and BBQ Picnic. Most Significant Event Because we are such an active group and help so many people, there is not one event that jumps out as most significant; however, having found a number of missing children is significant to us as was the time we found an elderly woman on the ground, unable to reach the phone, while we were conducting a "We Care" follow up check on her.
20 PROFILE: INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, FL, SHERIFF'S, COMMUNITY SERVICE UNIT 20 Uniform Patrol Unit Stats for 2003 Total Hours Worked: 31,737 Business Checks: 9,230 Area Checks: 13,110 House Checks: 10,230 Vehicle Lock Outs: 6,200 Impounds: 285 DAV Assists: 260 Traffic Control: 630 Transports: 1,200 Special Details: 420 Missing People Searches: 20 "We Care" Contacts: 340 Illegal Parking Citations: 120 Illegal Parking Warnings: 2,400 Number of Volunteers with over 1,000 hours for 2003: 14 Court House Security Personnel Total Hours: 1,128 Victims Advocate Personnel Total Hours: 1,385 Substation "We Care" Personnel Total Hours 1,622 Administrative Personnel Total Hours 4,730 GRAND TOTAL HOURS 40,602 Equal to 17 full-time employees and a savings to the taxpayers of $773,976
21 PROFILE: INDIAN RIVER COUNTY SHERIFF'S, FLORIDA, CITIZENS ON PATROL 21 Pictured Below: A newer addition to the Volunteer Patrol fleet, a Ford Expedition, which helps keep on average four Community Auxiliary Patrol vehicles on patrol each day from 7:00am to 10:00pm. Pictured Above: One of the 12 Indian River County Sheriff's Ford Crown Victoria Community Auxiliary Patrol vehicles that help keep the 55 Community Service Specialist Volunteers on the road assisting Deputies. Pictured Above: Indian River County Sheriff's Volunteers unlocking a car for a citizen. Pictured Below: Indian River County Sheriff's Volunteer, First LT. Paul Burnham standing in front of one of the laptop computer equipped Crown Victorias allowing certified members to access stolen vehicle information to help recover abandoned cars left by the Interstate. Pictured Below: Indian River County Sheriff's Volunteers installing "The Club" on a DUI Impound vehicle.
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