The AreaWatch Community
Watch Group is seeking volunteers for our own Citizens On Patrol program for
our neighborhood! At our last CWG Meeting on June 19th, we had 8
neighbors sign up to participate in patrolling our streets watching
out for you. Will you join us?
MORE INFO ON THE COP PROGRAM:
"The members of our neighborhoods' C.O.P. programs are the
eyes and ears of the police department. The new members will be a
welcome addition to our efforts to reduce crime and help keep our
community safe for all. I am pleased with the recruitment efforts
of our Crime Prevention staff. They have been extremely successful
in increasing the enrollment and the new members will only strengthen
what is already a solid program."
The Citizens on Patrol (COP) program is recognized across the nation
as a first-rate crime prevention program. In Arlington alone there
are about 100 COP members patrolling the city at all hours of the
day. The COP members act as the "eyes and ears" of the
Arlington Police Department by patrolling their neighborhoods and
reporting suspicious people and criminal activities. Because of
their generously donated time, more offenses are reported and more
suspects are apprehended.
-Lt. Scott Brown, APD
Before becoming an active member of the COP program, all eligible
volunteers are required to attend a six-hour orientation. A few of
the topics covered include: How to prepare for a patrol, the standard
operating procedures, what to expect in the field, legal matters
and scenario training. Members are not expected to confront suspects
or attempt to make an arrest. Their job is to observe and report,
not observe and confront.
In addition, each COP member is required to attend a four-hour in-service
training session once a year to maintain their active status. Members
are encouraged to attend as many sessions as they can to obtain more
information about the different functions within the police department.
COP members are required to wear police-issued vests and their volunteer
ID badge while on patrol. Each COP group will receive a set of magnetic
car signs, which must be displayed on the vehicle being used during
• Must be 18 years old.
Citizens on Patrol is an integral part of reducing crime in our neighborhoods
and a highly valued resource for the police department and the
city. If you are ready to make a difference in your community, please contact
the Arlington Police Department Crime Prevention Unit.
• Must successfully complete a background check.
• Must be an active member of a Community Watch Group in the
Here for an Application for the next COP Training Course, July
COP SUCCESS STORIES:
Valley Spring COP Members actions result in
On May 6th, 2007 at approximately 0600 hours, COP Member Steve Messina
was patrolling his beat when he noticed a vehicle driving erratically.
Messina of the Valley Spring COP Group called 911 and advised the
dispatcher of the vehicle description and its direction of travel.
Arlington police officers responded to the location and began following
the vehicle, conducting a traffic stop. After investigation, the
driver was taken into custody for suspicion of DWI and was transported
to the Arlington City Jail. If Steve had not been out patrolling
his beat and observed this driver, an unfortunate or fatal accident
could have occurred. Thanks to Steve, Officers were able to remove
this driver from the roadway beforehand.
Fitzgerald C.O.P. member finds a ghastly site at the Johnson Station
Early Sunday morning on June 10th, 2007, C.O.P. member Bonnie Bilodeau
was patrolling in the area of the Johnson Station Cemetery. As she
approached the Mayfield side of the cemetery, she drove upon an unfortunate
site. It appeared that an unknown vehicle had driven through the
fence of the property and damaged several tombstones within the cemetery.
Bonnie then called 911 to report the incident. Arlington Police Officers
responded to the scene. Bonnie then left to allow the Officers to
begin their investigation. Once she was out of the area, she noticed
a vehicle that appeared to be abandoned in an empty lot. The vehicle
had front end damage, two flat tires and the top wire of a chain
link fence hanging from the rear end.
Bonnie again called the Arlington Police Department who alerted the
investigating Officers at the cemetery of her findings. After investigation,
the suspect driver was located. The care takers of the cemetery were
also advised and wrote a kind thank you letter to Bonnie.
The actions of C.O.P. member Bonnie Bilodeau continue to have a strong
reflection of what citizens can accomplish when we all look out for
each other and the areas of our communities.
PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING OUR EFFORTS!
Contact Doug Arnold with an
to sign up in time for the July 26 orientation
class for the COP Program.
If we want our neighborhood to be safe, we must be the eyes and ears
of the police department. Don't sit back and let somebody else
do it -- do your part!