Citizen's Observation Patrol - Marine
The Citizen’s Observation Patrol (or commonly referred to as COPS) Marine Units are a group of volunteers that are dedicated to being the “eyes and ears” of the Sheriff's Office. They patrol in a 21 foot Boston Whaler Justice fully marked with “Volunteer” signs on the port and starboard sides of the vessel. These volunteers keep a watchful eye on the waters of the entire county looking for suspicious activity. This includes the Myakka and the Peace Rivers, as well as the smaller canals and the Intercoastal Waterway. They are dedicated to protecting their fellow residents and visitors to Charlotte County.
The COPS Marine Units accomplish this task by taking part in several special events around the county, working in unison with other county facilities to accomplish whatever the mission they are tasked with. These volunteers work in unison with the Punta Gorda Police Department Marine Unit, the CCSO Marine Unit, FWC, and the United States Coast Guard. They receive training through the CCSO and the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
The volunteers in this unit are eager to be part of the solution to crime in Charlotte County and have given their time and efforts. If you would be interested in joining the “Sea Lions”, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at the Community Services Office of the Town Center Mall today and join the family.