Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Public safety

Volunteer Citizen Patrol Program could use your help

SHERIFF'S OFFICE SEEKING CITIZEN PATROL VOLUNTEERS

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is seeking residents to support its Volunteer Citizen Patrol Program.

The program is based on the concept of utilizing the talents and skills of volunteers from within the local community as partners in public safety.

Citizen patrol volunteers are specially trained by the Sheriff's Office to respond to many nonemergency and routine calls for service that do not require law enforcement or regulatory authority.

The VCPP was created to reduce crime, improve the safety of our citizens, improve the quality of life within Hillsborough County and allow community members to become active participants in the process of crime control and prevention.

Volunteers donate their time to patrol while driving specially marked Sheriff's Office vehicles. Volunteers receive training in areas such as crime prevention, first-aid, traffic control and community policing. The VCPP consists of three shifts per day, patrolling up until midnight, seven days a week. Each VCPP vehicle will patrol with two volunteers per shift.

To become a citizen patrol volunteer you must be a U.S. citizen, be 19 or older, possess a valid driver's license, pass a screening test, complete VCPP training, be willing to attend monthly meetings and be willing to volunteer a minimum of 12 hours per month.

For information about the program, call (813) 247-8223 or email Deputy Lorraine Jordan at [email protected]

Times staff writer

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