(Cocoa, FL)—The Cocoa Police Department is recruiting applicants for its Volunteer Citizens on Patrol, V-Cop program. The Cocoa Police Department is looking for anyone interested in helping the community through an active role within the police department. Volunteers are needed to assist with road patrols which may include traffic control, house checks, parking enforcement, special events, minor vehicle crashes and other patrol related functions to assist road officers. There are also opportunities to gain experience by assisting with clerical work, lobby reception, fingerprinting, logistical support for crime scenes, assistance with code enforcement and other community relations functions. "Our volunteers are the eyes and ears for the police department," said Chief Mike Cantaloupe. "It is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community and to make a positive difference."
The V-COP program began in 1999. To become an active volunteer, all candidates must pass a background check including fingerprints. Candidates are required to maintain a valid safe driver's license and the ability to contribute a minimum of 8 hours per month. Candidates must not have any felony convictions, be in good health and of good moral character. Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Anyone interested in participating in the program should contact Auxiliary Corporal Ralph Perrone at 321-403-7173 or email firstname.lastname@example.org