Citizens On Patrol
Citizens On Patrol Program (COPP)
First deployed in 1997 in three test neighborhoods, the Citizens On Patrol Program (COPP) has expanded into 24 of the Cincinnati's 52 neighborhoods, with an additional unit patrolling City Parks.
Volunteers patrol their neighborhoods, acting as the eyes and ears of the Police Department. Patrols concentrate around problem areas aiding the police by increasing visibility. COPP units deter crime by their mere presence and visibility to the general public.
Using police radios and cell phones, team members are able to communicate directly with officers and report crimes in progress.
Much of the COPP units' function, however, is the reporting of quality-of-life issues. By locating and reporting issues that contribute to criminal activity, these teams are able to fix the proverbial "broken window."
All members have completed a basic class with 12 hours of class training and an 8-hour ride-a-long with a police officer; they must also attend additional ongoing training throughout the year.
COPP units have been deployed for special events, such as the Labor Day fireworks, Riverfront Stadium implosion and support duties during other neighborhood events.