Observer Patrol (COP)
The Citizen Observer Patrol (COP) is an all-volunteer organization
which is composed of citizens who, after receiving training,
patrol neighborhoods and business areas in their community
to help deter crime and to assist in emergencies such as auto
The COP volunteers
are not armed, and they do not engage directly in law enforcement.
Instead, they observe and they report appropriate, suspicious
activities and problem situations to the Sheriff’s Office
for investigation and action. As such, the members serve as
the eyes and ears for this office.
The quality of
life and the safety of our residents in these communities
are enhanced as a result of the COP and the efforts of its
Shelby County Deputies gladly participate in neighborhood
watch programs and provide guidance and direction to the group.
We discuss current happenings in the particular neighborhood
and encourage each resident to become our eyes and ears.