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Flagler Sheriff’s Office Calling For Volunteers to Beef Up Its Citizens Observer Patrol (COP)

| June 10, 2014

The Flagler County Sheriff's Office wants you to join its C.O.P. team. (FCSO)

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office wants you to join its C.O.P. team. (FCSO)

Flagler County Sheriff Jim Manfre is looking to expand the Citizens Observer Patrol, known as COP, to increase its corps of 52 volunteers. The Sheriff’s Office is also looking for donations of boats to improve its marine patrol division.

“We would like to get our volunteers involved with our Marine Unit and Crime Scene Investigation Unit,” said Sheriff James L. Manfre. “Our volunteers are a valuable asset to our community and we would like to get them even more involved in our daily operations.”

COP is an auxiliary atm of the Sheriff’s Office. Its mission is to help to make Flagler County and Palm Coast neighborhoods as safe and secure as possible. The C.O.P.’s report all suspicious activity to the Sheriff’s Office and aid deputies in traffic control and accidents, parades, funeral escorts and other special details, thus lightening the burden on deputies by doing work that does not need the presence of a sworn officer.


At the Palm Coast Precinct at City Marketplace, the COPs’ duties consist of fingerprinting, passing out information and gun licensing permits, filling requests for vacation house watches, preparing accident reports and many other services provided to the community.

COP volunteers do not, however, have law enforcement and arresting powers–they may not pull a car over, for example, ask an individual to see his papers, set chase in a suspicious incident or exercise any authority beyond, say, traffic control. Nor are they authorized to carry weapons.

All new COPs go through 40 hours of training, which consists of both classroom and hands-on instruction. Since 2005, Flagler County COP volunteers have worked approximately 260,000 hours, saving the county about $4.8 million.

For more information about the COP program, or if you are interested in donating a boat, contact Sr. Commander Mark Carman at 386/586-2627 or by email at mcarman@flaglersheriff.com.

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4 Responses for “Flagler Sheriff’s Office Calling For Volunteers to Beef Up Its Citizens Observer Patrol (COP)”

  1. Certainly says:

    COPs’ duties consist of … filling requests for vacation house watches …

    This is FUNNY!!!! when we went out of town and contacted the S.O. asking for a “Vacation watch” on our house, we were clearly told, “We do not have time to do these sorts of things.” However, it is a well known that officers in neighboring cities handle these acts while completing their standard patrols.

  2. El Geezer says:

    So the county saved 4.8 million, how lovely!
    Why not inject that saved cash back into the FCSO and buy some
    more patrol cars with well-trained, professional, & paid deputies inside?

    • Bill says:

      “Saved” does not mean they had the $$$$$$$ just that it was not needed it does not mean that it is just sitting around waiting to be spent.

  3. Seminole Pride says:

    Do they provide Dog Walking service ?

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