COP groups can perform their patrolling duties in a variety of ways. The most popular way is to patrol by personal vehicle. For safety reasons, there must be a minimum of two members on patrol together. The driver must have a valid driver’s license, and up to date insurance and registration papers.
Speed Watch is an educational program aimed at reducing incidents of speeding. It is designed to raise public awareness of the actual speeds that drivers are travelling. The Speed Watch program is conducted in partnership with the police and citizen volunteers.
Special Events within the community are a good way to make the presence of the local C.O.P. program known, garner the respect of the community and to attract new members. The types of events that may be available in the community may involve Trade Shows, Volunteer Information Events, rodeos, parades, car shows, sporting events, New Year’s Eve festivities, etc..
ACOPA also encourages COP groups to operate a Youth Program for youth between the ages of 16 and 18. For further information, please contact one of the ACOPA Board members.
C.O.P. members who patrol by foot should be physically fit and must be able to operate a cell phone or radio. There must be a minimum of two patrollers working together while on foot patrol.
The issue of fitness is important for the bike patrol program. It is recommended that a course in proper cycling techniques and traffic safety be taken before going on a bike patrol.