Citizens Observation Patrol (COP)

The Citizens Observation Patrol (COP) is a volunteer group sponsored by the St. Lucie County Sheriff's office that uses a simple approach to safeguard our neighborhoods through citizen involvement. COP volunteers, who wear uniforms and drive specially marked vehicles, are local residents who assist the Sheriff's Office. They patrol unincorporated areas of St. Lucie County for suspicious occurrences or potential hazards, conduct house checks as requested by homeowners, etc.

Become a Volunteer

To become a COP volunteer a citizen must:

  • Be at least twenty-one years of age
  • Complete a sixteen-hour COP training program offered by the Sheriff's Office
  • Pass a background check
  • Possess a valid Florida driver license
  • Reside in St. Lucie County


Assignments are also available for providing volunteer marine and park patrol. COP members assigned to marine patrol are supplied boats by the Sheriff's Office. They patrol the rivers and inlets of St. Lucie County.

Citizens Observation Patrol Highway Cleanup
Citizens Observation Patrol

In addition to the basic COP class, COP members assigned to marine patrol are required to complete an extra four hours of training. COP assignments may also include patrol of St. Lucie County's public parks. When performing these duties, members report violations or inappropriate activity to law enforcement.

Learn More About Volunteering

To learn more about becoming a COP volunteer, please call the Community Engagement Unit at 772-871-5303.

Click Here for the Volunteer Application