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Location: Humboldt County
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Citizens On Patrol S.C.O.P. was established in 1996. The S.C.O.P Program allows citizens to voluntarily serve with the Sheriffs Office. They have been known as the “Eyes and Ears” of the Sheriffs Office. They perform a variety of functions in the sheriff’s office, including, but not limited to traffic control, patrol in a S.C.O.P vehicle, boating and marine patrol, vacation house checks, filing, assisting at the Humboldt County Sheriffs Animal Shelter, special events and disaster assistance. S.C.O.P. has also been very active in speaking to neighborhood watch groups.
In calendar year 2012, the S.C.O.P. Program volunteers logged almost 32,000 miles patrolling various parts of Humboldt County. They provided 446 vacation house checks, 14,563 business checks, 1,997 hours of parks and playground checks, and members donated 7,325 hours to the community.
The Humboldt County Sheriffs Citizen On Patrol trains and educates citizens about general law enforcement, specifically the Sheriffs Office. Some of the deputies currently working at the Sheriff’s Office started their careers in the S.C.O.P program
S.C.O.P. Members are required to be at least 21 years of age, have a valid California Drivers License, pass a background check, and donate at least seventeen hours a month. Volunteers accepted will receive 32 hours of training in the S.C.O.P Academy.
Anyone interested in joining the S.C.O.P. program can contact S.C.O.P Captain Bernie Jorgensen at 268-2536.