Citizen Observer Patrol

Citizen Observer Patrol

The Citizen Observer Patrol (COP) program is a volunteer group sponsored by the Durham Police Department that uses a simple approach to safeguarding neighborhoods through residents' involvement. Durham’s COP program began as pilot initiative in Police District 2 in September 2003. The program has now expanded to Districts 1, 3 and 4.

COP volunteers patrol their communities to watch out for suspicious activities and crimes in progress, aid stranded motorists and generally provide an increased level of comfort for those who see the extra patrol on the streets. Other activities include visiting local businesses, making house checks for residents who are away on vacation and checking in with the elderly and infirm.

Participant Eligibility

Participants must pass a background check and undergo training to take part in the program. COP volunteers wear uniforms and drive specially marked vehicles, adding to the crime-fighting presence in the community. To apply, please complete the COP Application (PDF).

Contact Information

For more information, please contact Cpl. Richard Clayton at 919-560-4404, ext. 29361 or your district commander.