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Posted on: January 28, 2020

Citizen Patrol Seeks New Members

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The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office is seeking new members for their Citizen Patrol (CP) volunteer program.  The CP began in 2010 as a way for citizen volunteers to act as extra “eyes and ears” for the Sheriff’s Office, particularly in Gorge area parking lots and trailheads where vehicle break-ins are a problem.  CP applicants must pass a background check, an interview and a written multiple choice test.  Successful candidates are then authorized to patrol in one of the three CP vehicles.  Two of the vehicles are SUVs and the third is a “RHINO” off-road vehicle that’s commonly seen patrolling the parks in Fairview.  CP members are offered monthly 2-hour training sessions on a variety of topics such as Disaster Response, Radio Usage, Confrontational Simulation, Patrol Tactics and more.  Members enjoy being allowed to patrol on their own terms, generally without a pre-set schedule.  They are asked to volunteer at least 6-hours per month.  

In 2017, CP members helped during the Eagle Creek Fire by going door-to-door and providing evacuation notices.  Over the years, members have reported suspicious incidents that have led to the arrest of numerous persons for issues such as warrants, theft and arson.  In January 2019, the CP incorporated the City of Fairview’s “Citizens on Park Patrol” or COPP, into the CP program.  Fairview currently has three citizens involved in the 25-members CP program.  The CP program is always looking for more persons interested in helping the community.  If you or someone you know are interested in joining, please visit www.mcsocp.com for more information.  You may also contact Deputy Joe Graziano at: 503-849-1206 or via email at: joseph.graziano@mcso.us.

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