If you are interested in joining the Burleson Citizens on Patrol, you must complete the Burleson Citizens Police Academy, an annual program which begins in early June. After graduating from the academy, members attend a statewide COP certification course which is a 16-hour, 2-day course covering the following topics:
Laws and jurisdictions
Preparing for patrol
Observation skills and communication procedures
Incident command for volunteers
Community policing and COPS
After completing certification, COPS recruits attend an 8-hour orientation that covers COPS standard operating procedures, radio and communication procedures, handicapped parking enforcement and how to fill out forms.
After completing the orientation, recruits are required to ride with an officer for 8 hours to learn the layout of the city and how to spot suspicious activity. The recruit is then eligible to patrol with another COPS member and is assigned to a COPS captain.
For more about the Citizens On Patrol program, contact Sergeant B. O'Heren.