Chico Mastropaolo is the V-Cop coordinator and has been with the program for 16 years. He loves what the program does for the City of Cocoa and the Cocoa Police Department and that he gets to make a difference in the community he lives. The Volunteer Citizens Observer Program (VCOPs) began in 1999 to enhance the police department's delivery of services by allowing enthusiastic, dependable, committed people to work alongside CPD officers. The VCOPs are trained in many areas including:
Issuing Parking Citations
Police Radio Procedures
Secure Crime Scenes
The unit handles over fifty special details per year.
Qualifications for the program are:
Have no felony convictions
Posses a valid Florida Drivers License
Be in good health
Be of good moral character
Be at least 18 years of age
Willing to volunteer at least 8 hours per month
If you are accepted in the program, you will be trained and issued a uniform. If you are interested in this great program offered by the City of Cocoa, call (321) 637-6308 and leave your name and phone number. Someone will contact you back about filling out an application.