Citizens on Patrol (COP) provide a visible presence in the community while fostering partnerships with Brantford Police Services, local businesses and residential areas, to identify and expand opportunities to deter criminal activity and reduce crime.
COP volunteers will be goodwill ambassadors and foster positive contact with members of the community. COP’s will act as non-confrontational observers and report suspicious behaviour.
Their mission is to be non-intrusive, trained civilian eyes and ears of the Brantford Police Service, contributing to the overall safety and wellness of the City of Brantford.
This program does not promote, require or ask for any involvement of members in the apprehension of criminals. The purpose is solely to observe and report.
Learn what it Takes to Become a Citizen on Patrol and Apply Today
- 1. Be at least 18 years of age
- 2. Not be charged or convicted of any criminal offence for which a pardon has not been received
- 3. Successfully complete the application process including electronic background check and possible personal interviews
- 4. Successfully complete all mandatory training
- 5. Possess a valid class G driver’s license (mandatory driver’s license check and successful completion of the COPs driver training) to drive a program vehicle
- 6. Be able to read and speak English
- 7. Attend required training and mandatory meetings
- 8. Possess strong communication and observation skills
- 9. Adhere to the values, mission statement and goals and objectives of the Brantford Police Service
- 10. Positively reflect the community of Brantford, the Brantford Police Service and the Citizens on Patrol Program at all times while a member of the program.
All COPs volunteers will get 8 hours of training provided by the Brantford Police Service. The training will cover off the following subjects:
- 1. Introduction to the program
- 2. Safety/Situational Awareness
- 3. Notes
- 4. What and how to report
- 5. Online reporting
- 6. Online GIS mapping
- 7. Ethics
- 8. Safe vehicle operation
Members of the BPS Training Unit will conduct training. Following successful completion of training, COPs members can begin patrols. Additional training will be conducted as required.
Uniform is provided.