Members of the Volunteer Citizens Observer Patrol (VCOP) assist the police with essential public services, including vacation home checks, traffic safety, homeland security checks, special events, patrols and parking enforcement. VCOPs are part of the Melbourne Police Department. They provide critical services, take on interesting and fulfilling volunteer assignments, and have the opportunity to work with police, fire, and EMS professionals.
VCOPs are well-trained and well-prepared for their duties. All VCOPs must complete a 40-hour training course which includes CPR and First Aid, observation techniques, police procedures, traffic control, safe driving techniques, basic law enforcement rules and regulations, and how to effectively interact and communicate with the public. Each VCOP helps determine his or her scheduled shift (averaging about 4 hours) and usually works with a partner.
Applicants must process a valid Florida driver license, be a U.S. citizen or registered alien, be at least 21 years of age, complete a background check, and be willing to volunteer at least 12 hours a month.
Applications are available at the Melbourne Police Department, 650 N. Apollo Blvd., or the Community Relations Office located in Melbourne Square Mall (across from Macy’s).
For more information, contact Christina Brainard: Christina.Brainard@mlbfl.org