MADERA COUNTY — Sheriff Jay Varney and the Madera County Sheriffs Office welcomed seven new Citizens on Patrol (COP) volunteers to the force on Wednesday, Aug. 31.
Sheriff Varney administered the Oath of Office to Janice Guthrie, Lloyd Green, Jarrett Dean, Hal Parks, Chris Reese and John Arredondo during a graduation ceremony held at the Sheriff’s Office in Madera. Jon Thompson also completed the training but was not available for the ceremony.
The new COPs successfully completed more than 40 hours of training on topics including drivers training/awareness, CPR/first aid, policy and procedures, drug awareness, public information/media, traffic control, terrorism, firearms, crime scene investigations, patrolling, incident reporting, fire prevention, pepper spray, and law enforcement radio operations.
The Madera County Sheriff’s Citizens on Patrol unit augments law enforcement in Madera County by providing high visibility patrol, directing traffic, checking homes while owners are out of town, staffing road blocks/closures, transporting vehicles for service and many other activities.
COPs have made a huge difference in the way law enforcement makes its presence known in the community, providing an invaluable service because they know their neighbors and their neighborhoods better than anyone.
While the role of Citizens On Patrol volunteers is mainly to assist law enforcement, many are trained as first responders. The job requires extensive training, all of which is funded by the volunteers themselves.
“Their selfless service and dedication to public safety frees up deputies to be out patrolling and responding to high priority calls,” says Sheriff Varney. “They save the citizens of Madera County a substantial sum of taxpayer dollars each year through their countless hours of invaluable volunteer work.”
(Photos courtesy of Madera County Sheriff’s Office)