Citizens on Patrol

What is Citizens on Patrol?

The Farmers Branch Citizens on Patrol Program, through active volunteer service with the Farmers Branch Police Department, reduces the amount of time sworn officers of the Farmers Branch Police Department spend on non-enforcement duties. Increasing the amount of time officers can dedicate to crime prevention and enforcement activities translates into increased safety and security for our community.

Examples of volunteer service include, but are not limited to, conducting house watches, performing community patrols, assisting with search and rescue activities, staffing the information desk in the lobby of the Police Department, as well as many others.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Farmers Branch Police Department Citizen Police Academy

What is the Citizens on Patrol course?

The Citizens on Patrol course is a 12-hour block of advanced instruction held at least once a year designed to prepare the participants to become active volunteers within the Farmers Branch Police Department. The course consists of a series of three-hour classes held once each week for four consecutive weeks. The instruction is comprehensive and by the end of the 12-hour course, all aspects of the Citizens on Patrol (COP) Program will have been covered. The instructors are Farmers Branch Police Officers, city Code Enforcement personnel and active COP members.

Is there a cost to participate?

There is no charge or cost related to these programs. Both the Farmers Branch Citizens on Patrol Program and the Citizens on Patrol course are community service projects of the Farmers Branch Police Department.

How do I join?

Email Lt. Stokes or call 972.919.9351 for details.