An Introduction To Patrol Training Model
Our training curriculum was developed, and continues to be enhanced, by senior officers of the Community Patrol USA (CP-USA) organization, a Community On Patrol Service entity, in collaboration and cooperation with:
- San Francisco Police Department ( www.sf-police.org )
- San Francisco Safety Awareness For Everyone (www.SFSAFE.org)
CCOP patrol volunteer training is not intended to teach you to replace the police department, or to make arrests, or to break up arguments or fights on the streets. That is not the purpose of CCOP, and it is not the function of our patrol volunteers.
CCOP patrol volunteers:
- Distribute safety awareness information and advice
- Present a visible presence for those in need to approach, and those intent on causing trouble to avoid
- Act as professional witnesses when they come upon an incident, staying at a safe distance and helping professional emergency personnel respond in a quicker and more informed manner
- File general crime prevention and safety reports with local agencies to increase street lighting, fix sidewalks, secure dangerous manhole covers and so on.
- Have fun and enjoy themselves, while performing an extremely valuable community service
- Make a difference in our community
In order to prepare our volunteers to act as community leaders in "safety and security" and train them as additional "eyes and ears" for the law enforcement and emergency response agencies we have adopted a standardized volunteer training methodology which is an industry standard for other volunteer organizations working within San Francisco.
The training method incorporates various stages including:
- Written training materials and reference materials which are regularly reviewed and updated
- Practical training requirement for trainees and existing patrollers, minimally every two year on the anniversary of first certification
- Supervised functional patrols for all trainees and returning patrollers following any inactive period
- Re-certification requirement for all patrollers every two years
- Advanced and special training opportunities within CCOP and by external organizations
- Hierarchical command and control structure for all patrols and special event volunteer deployments