Sheriff's Citizens on Patrol (SCOP)
WHAT IS SCOP?
SCOP (Sheriff's Citizens on Patrol) is a volunteer program that assists the Sheriff's Office law enforcement efforts.
WHAT DOES SCOP DO?
Primarily, volunteers in a SCOP patrol car identified as a volunteer effort but also indicating its tie to the Sheriff's Office, patrol neighborhoods to be a law enforcement presence and to report suspicious activities. While on patrol, volunteers may conduct vacation checks, patrol identified problem areas, conduct traffic control at incidents, or other activity assignments directed by the Sheriff's Dispatch. Volunteers may also, at their discretion, assist at other activities such as parades, primarily by providing traffic control.
Patrols are in 4-hour shifts with two volunteers scheduled for each patrol. Volunteers are expected to participate in one patrol each week (and to attend a 1-hour meeting each month).
The number of patrols scheduled and the frequency neighborhoods are visited, therefore, depends on the number of available volunteer - the more volunteers, the more patrols.
WHO MAY BE A SCOP VOLUNTEER?
Volunteers must be 21 years of age or older, have a valid California Driver's License, and pass a routine background check. Volunteers should have reasonable physical abilities. Volunteers are provided a basic uniform and are expected to dress and conduct themselves properly as representatives of the Sheriff's Office.
WHAT TRAINING IS PROVIDED?
Volunteers usually start their training by riding along on patrols and, when an academy is scheduled, they are expected to attend to learn more about the SCOP role in law enforcement and procedures. An Operations Manual is provided to each volunteer.
The patrol vehicle is provided by the Sheriff's Office. Radios, in the vehicle and hand-held, are provided for communication with the Sheriff's Office Dispatch and other law enforcement personnel. Volunteers are also, after required training, expected to carry OC (pepper) spray for defensive use.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications may be obtained at the Sheriff's Office (826 Fourth St., Eureka, CA 95501) or at the Sheriff's Station (1608 Pickett Rd., McKinleyville, CA 95519), by clicking the link below, or by calling the SCOP Office in Eureka (707-268-2536).