Citizens on Patrol

What is Citizens on Patrol?

The Farmers Branch Citizens on Patrol Program, through active volunteer service with the Farmers Branch Police Department, reduces the amount of time sworn officers of the Farmers Branch Police Department spend on non-enforcement duties. Increasing the amount of time officers can dedicate to crime prevention and enforcement activities translates into increased safety and security for our community.

Examples of volunteer service include, but are not limited to, conducting house watches, performing community patrols, assisting with search and rescue activities, staffing the information desk in the lobby of the Police Department, as well as many others.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Farmers Branch Police Department Citizen Police Academy

What is the Citizens on Patrol course?

The Citizens on Patrol Academy is an 18-hour block of advanced instruction designed to prepare the participants to become active volunteers within the Farmers Branch Police Department. The academy consists of a series of three-hour classes held each Thursday, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., for five consecutive weeks. In addition, there is a three-hour, hands-on training that takes place on a Saturday morning during the fourth week of the academy. 

The instruction is comprehensive and by the end of the 18-hour academy, all aspects of the Citizens on Patrol (COP) Program will have been covered.

Is there a cost to participate?

There is no charge or cost related to these programs. Both the Farmers Branch Citizens on Patrol Program and the Citizens on Patrol course are community service projects of the Farmers Branch Police Department.

How do I join?

Email Lt. Eoff or call 972.919.9351 for details.