The Burlington Police Department firmly believes itself to be a part of the community, not apart from the community. The Citizens on Patrol unit is one example of how the city includes the community in its delivery of service.
Citizens on Patrol
Citizens on Patrol (COP) is an organized high-visibility group that helps prevent and reduce crime in the city of Burlington.
Each COP volunteer has completed specialized training on the recognition of crime and decay within the city. When out on the road, COP volunteers are an extra set of trained eyes and ears for Burlington police officers.
Want to participate in Citizens Patrol?
If you are interested in serving as a Citizen Patrol volunteer and can meet the following criteria, please contact the Burlington Police Department.
- At least 21 years of age
- Possess a valid Washington drivers license and a satisfactory driving record
- No felony or misdemeanor convictions
- Complete Burlington Police Department training for Citizens Patrol
- Attend meetings and training provided by the Community Resource Officer
- Perform a minimum of eight hours of COP service each month
- Submit and clear a background investigation