The Madera County Citizens on Patrol (COPs), described by sheriff’s officials as an invaluable second set of eyes and ears, added eight more members earlier this week.
From all over the county, the volunteers — now over 40 in number — work in their neighborhoods to assist police, direct traffic, respond to medical crises, and if requested can even check on empty homes when families are on vacation.
Though they cannot make arrests, Sheriff John Anderson said that the COPs — who pay for their own yellow-and-black patrol cars, uniforms, training, and all other expenses —were without parallel in value and service.
“They provide an invaluable service because they know their neighbors and their neighborhoods better than anyone,” Anderson said. “Our volunteers have made Madera County’s Citizen on Patrol one of the most successful programs in the nation.” ...