Volunteers in PartnershipSince 1981, the Melbourne Police Department has relied on volunteers to help with our many tasks. Effective crime prevention requires the support of a partnership between the police department and the community.
The Melbourne Police Department is proud to have a volunteer workforce that helps form that partnership, and works with the department to improve the quality of life for residents. Volunteers work in a variety of assignments including clerical assistance, telephone contacts, vehicle transport, and data input. commendations, recommendations, questions, and complaints.
Volunteer Citizens Observance Patrol (V-COP)As an extension of the Volunteer in Partnership Program, the Volunteer Observance Patrol assists the Melbourne Police Department by improving the quality of life in the community. V-COPs form a mutual partnership with officers and employees to supplement the department’s Patrol Division. This program places trained and qualified volunteers in specially marked vehicles to perform duties such as:
- Assisting citizens with disabled vehicles and helping direct traffic at accident scenes and during special city programs
- Helping in non-injury parking lot crashes – assisting drivers in exchange of information
- Patrolling neighborhoods and vacation house checks
- Running radar for speed violation documentation
- Serving as back-up for school crossing guards (upon state certification)
- Removing minor road obstructions and/or directing traffic around major obstructions
- Delivering equipment to traffic and crime scenes
- Recovering and labeling found property
- Obtaining and updating business emergency cards
- Parking enforcement
- Assisting in special details and events
V-COPs attend a forty-hour training program facilitated by the Melbourne Police Department. The V-COP candidate will complete all aspects of the training as indicated on the program check sheet before being granted a certificate of completion.
VIP and V-COP volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and willing to donate 12 hours a month. Information about the V-COP program and volunteer opportunities are available from MPD at 321- 409-3362. Application forms are available online.