Palm Bay VCOP Program Seeks New Volunteers
By Space Coast Daily // February 19, 2014
volunteers are eyes, ears for the department
PALM BAY, FLORIDA — The Palm Bay Police Department is aggressively recruiting applicants for its V-Cop Program.
According to Palm Bay public information officer Yvonne Martinez, the Volunteer Citizens on Patrol program (V-Cop) is looking for anyone interested in helping the community through an active role in within the police department.
Volunteers are needed to assist with road patrols which may include traffic control, house checks, parking enforcement, 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,” Carlos Cheker, VCOP Director. “It is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community and to make a positive difference.”
The V-COP program began in 1995 and has since grown to approximately 60 active members.
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 16 hours per month. Applicants must be at least 19 years old.
Anyone interested should visit the Palm Bay Police Department at 130 Malabar Road between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for a brief screening and to pick up an application. (See map below)