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Madera County Is Looking For COPs

MADERA COUNTY — Madera County’s hugely popular Citizens On Patrol (COPs) is looking for volunteers to join the county’s team of citizens in law enforcement.

JoAnn Evans, community service officer for the Madera County Sheriff’s Department, addressed the North Fork Chamber of Commerce at a recent meeting, on just what these volunteers do.

COPs have a variety of duties, and assist the sheriff’s office with things such as: – Patrol

– Traffic control

– Missing persons

– Search and rescue

– Blocking off crime scenes

– Events

– Bass Lake in summer

– Parades

– Flu clinics

– Vacant house checks

The sheriff’s office plans to hold two public informational meetings for residents interested in learning more about the program.

1. DATE: October 30, 2012

TIME: 6 to 7 p.m.

PLACE: Oakhurst Substation, 48267 Liberty Drive, Oakhurst

2. DATE: November 1, 2012

TIME: 6 to 7 p.m.

PLACE: Madera Sheriff’s Main Office, 14143 Road 28, Madera

If you are 18 years or older and want to know how you can volunteer your time, you are encouraged to attend one of the two scheduled meetings.

For more information contact Madera County Sheriff’s Community Service Officer Joann Evans at 559-675-7770, or visit http://www.madera-county.com/index.php/community-outreach

Citizens on Patrol (COPs) has been in operation since Sheriff John Anderson first took office. The basic responsibility of volunteers who join this community service program is to provide deputies as well as Madera County residents and business owners a much needed and highly effective second set of eyes and ears.

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