Citizen Observer Patrol
The "Mission" of the C.O.P. organization is to make the neighborhoods of Flagler County as safe and secure as possible. The C.O.P.s report all suspicious activity via vehicle radio and telephone to the Flagler County Sheriff's Office. They assist with traffic control at accidents, parades, funeral escorts and other special details. Since 2005, the C.O.P.s have worked approximately 260,000 hours, saving the county about $4,806,000.
At the Palm Coast Substation, the C.O.P.'s duties consist of manning the desk, fingerprinting, passing out information and gun licensing permits, filling requests for vacation house watches, dispatching the C.O.P. vehicles and handling phone calls. In most cases, citizens coming into the substation will be greeted by a C.O.P., whose role it is to see that their concerns are routed to the proper department.
All new C.O.P.s go through 40 hours of training, consisting of both classroom and hands-on instruction. They receive training on communications, fingerprinting, patrols, special events, traffic control, report writing, funeral escort services and many other services provided to the community.