Help reduce the Crime Rate in Fort Worth through the Citizens on Patrol Program
On Saturday, February 14, 2015, the Fort Worth Police Department will hold its quarterly Citizens on Patrol (COP) Training. Taking place from 9am to 1pm at the Police Academy (1000 Calvert), the free training is part of what is needed to become a certified Citizens on Patrol Member with the Fort Worth Police Department.
As part of the Code Blue Program, Citizens on Patrol was started in 1991 and has trained over 9200 Fort Worth residents. Documented evidence shows that the extra eyes and ears of Citizens on Patrol helped to lower crime by as much as 40%.
The February 14th training will cover topics such as what to look for while patrolling, COP equipment, COP guidelines, and other pertinent topics. If interested in being a part of this crime-deterring team, submit an application to the Community Services Division by February 10th. For more information call (817) 392-4182 or check the Ft. Worth Police Department website www.fortworthpd.com.
On October 15, 1991, 105 persons representing eleven neighborhoods attended a twelve-hour training session at the Fort Worth Police Academy. The training was conducted for three hours per night over a four-night period covering legal liabilities, patrol procedures, communications, and the penal code.
No one anticipated how successful the Citizens on Patrol Program would be. The program has been credited with being a primary factor in decreases in Part I Crimes especially those of theft, burglary, and auto theft. It also has served as a catalyst in strengthening neighborhoods, and remains in an expansion mode.
Advanced training has been instituted at the Field Operations Divisions and the department has an annual recognition luncheon for all COPS members and their families. Finally, they have provided general support services to the neighbors in the area to which they are assigned, ranging from trash pick-ups to encouragement of persons to move into their area.
Now, with over 730 members, the Citizens on Patrol Program is making a positive impact on Fort Worth's quality of life. Members help to deter crime by patrolling in their cars, on bicycles, and on foot patrol.
In 2013, Citizens on Patrol members helped to start the Code Blue at the School Program. Volunteers would help keep our Fort Worth elementary schools safe by patrolling around the outside of campuses.
JOIN CITIZENS ON PATROL
If you are interested in joining a Citizen on Patrol group, please call the coordinator for your patrol division:
North Division - Brenda Fitts - (817) 392-3542, email@example.com
4651 North Main Street, Ft Worth, TX 76106
West Division - Gerald Huck- (817) 392-4706
3525 Marquita Street, Ft. Worth, TX 76116
South Division - Warner Filley - (817) 392-3418, firstname.lastname@example.org
3128 W. Bolt, Ft. Worth, TX 76110
East Division - Freddie Holcomb- (817) 392-4846, email@example.com
5650 E. Lancaster, Ft. Worth, TX 76112
Central Division - Calvin Clayton - (817) 392-3973, firstname.lastname@example.org
501 Jones Street, Ft. Worth, TX 76102