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Citizen's Observer Patrol expansion announced

Loudon County Sheriff Tim W. Guider today announced the expansion of the Citizen’s Observer Patrol, also known as the COPs Program. Over the last year Sheriff Guider has teamed up with citizens from the Tellico Village community and implemented a COPs pilot program. The newest communities to join forces with the Sheriff will be the Greenback and Glendale Communities including the City of Greenback.

The COPs program is designed to allow citizens to assist law enforcement by being an extra set of “eyes and ears”, and immediately report suspicious activity, potential hazards and even crimes in progress to the Sheriff’s Office. COPs volunteers also do home checks for residents who are on vacation.

The concept derived its roots from the Community Policing Concept and was first implemented in San Jose, CA. Law enforcement agencies who have implemented the program have seen a reduction of complaints affecting quality of life as well as a reduction of criminal activity within communities. There has also been an enhanced understanding of, and a cooperative relationship between, the public and law enforcement within communities involved with the COPs programs. Citizen volunteers who wish to participate in the COPs program go through a background check, and upon successful completion and acceptance into the program, receive training on how to identify activities that would require law enforcement intervention, such as criminal activity, suspicious activity, or public nuisance hazards. The Loudon County Sheriff’s Office supplies the COPs volunteers with a uniform that will not confuse the public into believing them to be sworn law enforcement officers. The Sheriff’s Office also provides a vehicle for the use of the communities designated as a COPs volunteer vehicle that is marked as not to confuse the public into thinking the vehicle is a law enforcement vehicle, but is so defined that it will clearly be visible as a Citizens On Patrol vehicle.

Sheriff Guider stated “Due to the overwhelming success of the COPs program in the Tellico Village Community, we are expanding the COPs program to other communities within Loudon County.” Sheriff Guider also plans to continue the expansion of the COPs program to communities on the upper and lower ends of Loudon County. “This program has proven to be a successful and powerful tool forged between the citizens and the Sheriff’s office that is helping ensure Loudon County remains a safe place to live,” added the Sheriff.

Released: Thursday - October 23, 2009

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