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Volunteer Citizen Patrol Program:
The Volunteer Citizen Patrol Program (VCPP) is based on the concept of utilizing the talents and skills of volunteers from within the local community as partners in public safety. Citizen patrol volunteers are specially trained by the Sheriff’s Office to respond to many non-emergency and routine calls for service that do not require law enforcement or regulatory authority.
The VCPP was created to reduce crime, improve the safety of our citizens, improve the quality of life within Hillsborough County and allow community members to become active participants in the process of crime control and prevention.
Volunteers donate their time to patrol while driving specially marked Sheriff’s Office vehicles. Volunteers receive training in areas such as crime prevention, first-aid, traffic control, and community policing. The VCPP consists of three patrol shifts per day, seven days a week. Each VCPP vehicle will patrol with two volunteers per shift.
Citizen Patrol Volunteer activities:
- Patrol neighborhoods
- Assist with school crossings
- Conduct vacation checks
- Document graffiti
- Monitor suspicious activity at schools
- Assist disabled motorists
- Assist with road obstructions
- Assist with traffic direction
- Conduct traffic surveys
To become a citizen patrol volunteer you must be a U.S. citizen, be 19 years of age or older, possess a valid driver’s license, pass a screening test, complete VCPP training, be willing to attend monthly meetings and be willing to volunteer a minimum of 12 hours per month.
Only by working together will we address and resolve community problems and affect lasting change in the communities where we live and raise our families. Join our Volunteer Citizen Patrol team today!
For more information visit our website at http://www/Featured-Info/News/Volunteer-Citizen-Patrol.aspx or call our Volunteer Section at 247-8223.