DESERT HOT SPRINGS – Citizen’s on Patrol (COP) application deadline has been extended, said DHS Community Resource Specialist Jim Knapp. “COP is an opportunity for Desert Hot Springs residents to partner with police and join the effort to make our community safer. COP members patrol in city-owned vehicles, are provided a uniform, training, and a variety of services. COPs are trained to spot and report suspicious activity, to direct traffic, perform vacation checks, and many other police support functions in and out of the police station,” Knapp said.
The first step to becoming a COP member is to attend the Community Police Academy. Anyone interested should call 760-329-2904 Ext.340 or email email@example.com. Applications are still available at www.cityofdhs.org, or at the Police Department lobby, 65950 Pierson Blvd. Applicants must agree to a criminal background check.
Those admitted will interact with police staff including the Chief of Police Kate Singer; Operations and Administrative Commanders; Sergeants; Patrol Officers; Special Enforcement Teams; Detectives; Crime Scene Investigators; Crime Prevention Officers; Dispatchers and staffers from the Riverside County District Attorney’s office.
Topics discussed include Community Policing; Use of Force; Narcotics; Gangs; Patrol Operations; Parolees; Criminal Prosecution; Crime Scene Investigation; Department Weapons; and Police Academy life.
“There will be a police station tour to build relationships, and put a name and face to those who serve. In this way the relationship becomes more personal and strengthens the resolve to work together on community issues.”