The Citizens on Patrol (COP) program is an adjunctive volunteer based program established within the Cheyenne Police Department. The COP program is designed to train and utilize volunteer citizens from the community as adjunct observers, assistants and civilian law enforcement support to the Cheyenne Police Department. COP volunteers will be sworn Community Service Officers and perform ancillary/support duties that do not require the services of sworn peace officers.
The COP program is comprised of volunteers from the Cheyenne community who have a desire to assist the Cheyenne Police Department with non-emergent routine patrols and other duties that free up our officers for more expedited police response.
COP members assist the department by patrolling neighborhoods, parks, schools and commercial areas as additional eyes on the street. COP members patrol the community to report suspicious activity, vandalism, tagging, parking violations and abandoned motor vehicles. They also assist the department by helping with traffic control, performing downtown walking patrols and aiding with logistics for the department’s DUI Command Van and at other civic events.
Each volunteer member of the COP program is a sworn Community Service Officer with the Cheyenne Police Department. COP members wear issued uniforms and patrol Cheyenne neighborhoods in a Police Department vehicle.
While prior law enforcement experience is not required, all prospective COP members are required to complete the Citizens Police Academy and successfully pass a background check. Once sworn in, COP members are required to complete comprehensive field training, attend monthly meetings, meet or exceed required service hours per quarter and attend other periodic training.