COP was first integrated into the Greenville Police Department's Community Programs in the late 1990s as an effort to enhance the Department's community policing concept. COP is uniformed patrol operation comprised of trained citizen volunteers selected from the Greenville Police Department Citizens Police Academy alumni.
If you are interested in COP, contact Chris McCaslin at (903) 453-2998.
Program revisions in 2009 include:
Addition of the second marked patrol vehicle
Each volunteer must complete a nine-week Training Academy and a Field Training Program
Each member of the unit must volunteer a minimum of 12 hours each calendar month, excluding any training
Applicants must first complete the Citizen's Police Academy
First Citizens on Patrol Class
What COPs Do
After completion of the requirements, COP members:
Patrol the streets of Greenville in a marked COP vehicle
Serve as an extra set of eyes and ears for the Greenville Police Department
Assist the Department by performing many non-enforcement functions, including, but not limited to:
Crime prevention patrols
Close watch patrols
Parking enforcement, including disabled parking
The Unit's mission is to act as a force multiplier for the City's police officers. Members of the Unit will perform non-law enforcement functions so that the police officers can be available to answer more calls. The Unit will also act as a deterrent to criminal activity by conducting highly visible patrols.