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Humboldt County Sheriff’s Citizens on Patrol (SCOP) are recruiting for their spring academy. The SCOP academy begins April 14, 2005 and concludes April 23, 2005. Training, which totals thirty-two hours, is held afternoons and evenings and all day on two Saturdays. Areas of instruction include an introduction to law, traffic control, proper radio procedure, evidence, personal safety, and use of oleoresin-capsicum (pepper-spray). SCOP volunteers must be at least 21 years old, possess a valid California driver’s license, and pass a background investigation.
The SCOP program began in 1996 with fourteen volunteers; it has grown to sixty members serving the unincorporated areas of Humboldt County. SCOP volunteers patrol neighborhoods, acting as additional “eyes and ears” for the Sheriff’s Office. They also assist with special events such as parades, festivals, and fairs by providing traffic control. In 2004 SCOP logged 108,000 patrol miles and 18,000 volunteer hours.
For more information about the upcoming SCOP academy, please call SCOP Volunteer Lt. Bernie Jorgensen at (707) 268-2536.