Citizens on Patrol
The volunteer program is a significant step forward with our Community Policing goals. It is an attempt to get members of our community involved with the Police Department, not only as observers, but also as productive members of the team. We have had volunteers work with our department for many years in the Explorer program, and the Chaplain program. All of these programs have benefited our community and had direct benefits to this department by allowing us to provide services and support which we would not otherwise be able to accomplish. I envision the C.O.P.S. (Citizens on Patrol) program to have an equally positive impact on the department and the community.
Citizen volunteers are members of our city who have the available time and interest to devote toward public service. Volunteers would be expected to commit to regular schedule consisting of at least 16 hours of work each month (volunteers would not just “show up” when they felt like working, but rather be scheduled on a regular basis). This schedule could be as simple as one, four-hour block of duty per week. Those wishing to put in more hours would be accommodated. However, these additional hours would also be scheduled ahead of time.
City volunteers would perform a wide variety of tasks, including assisting with the transporting squad cars to regular maintenance appointments, filing, copying and scanning of clerical paperwork, vacation patrol checks, and many other functions within the police department.
Note: Anytime that a Citizen Volunteer is in a marked police car, the car will be labeled clearly as “Citizen Patrol”. The volunteer will never take any enforcement action, but will be able to contact an on duty police officer if they see anything that requires immediate attention. If you are interested in joining this program, please contact the Pekin Police Department at 309-477-2340.