Adult Volunteer Programs
Citizen Observer Patrol (COP)
A model program, COP’s are the additional eyes and ears of the community, assisting and enhancing our own policing efforts. Members of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Countywide Operations professionally train all volunteers.
Residents interested in joining this program may call the Broward Sheriff’s Office Weston District at 954-389-2010.
BSO's COP Program is a volunteer group sponsored by the Sheriff's Office that uses a simple approach to safeguarding neighborhoods through residents' involvement. COP volunteers are local residents who help BSO fight crime by patrolling their community, looking out for suspicious activity or potential hazards and offering assistance to local residents.
Typical assignments in addition to patrol activities include performing checks on unoccupied residences (at the owner's request), checking on elderly or homebound residents (as requested) and reporting potential problems and neighborhood hazards to BSO.
COP volunteers wear uniforms and drive specially marked vehicles, adding to the crime-fighting presence in the community. Applicants must be 18 years of age, reside in Broward County, pass a background check, possess a valid Florida driver's license, complete at least four hours of the training program and comply with all program policies and procedures.
Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (S.A.L.T.)
Comprised of an active group of senior citizens and representatives from the Broward Sheriff’s Office. Their goal is to reduce the criminal victimization of senior citizens and to identify problems and provide solutions. Seniors interested in becoming involved in S.A.L.T. should call 954-389-2030.
Youth Volunteer Programs
Civil Air Patrol, Weston and Cooper City Area Squadron
The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is the civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force (USAF). CAP is a non-profit volunteer organization with a Cadet Program that is designed to build leadership, character and citizenship in young people ages 12-21, through an interest in aviation and emergency services. In partnership with BSO, the Weston CAP meets at the Weston Police Services Building.
For information about the Weston/Cooper City Area Squadron CAP, please email Karl Cohen at CohenKarl@yahoo.com and request a membership package.
Law Enforcement Explorer Program
The program works with teens and young adults (14-21 years of age) by allowing them to interact with law enforcement and other community advisors in a serious, regimented atmosphere where the students can demonstrate their personal initiative. The program offers young adults the opportunity to learn and experience lawful citizenship as they participate, side-by-side with certified BSO deputies in ongoing training and community service projects.
Weston University Police Services Academy
The Police Services Academy is offered in the summer, to a limited number of Weston residents ages 12-16. With support from the City of Weston, this program provides kids the opportunity to explore law enforcement services on an in-depth basis with hands-on exercises. It also provides education and safety training, and exposes students to a variety of career paths. The eight-week program which meets once a week, takes place June thru July, is enriching, educational and fun. Tied into the city’s Weston University Program, the program provides an extension of civics education to those students wanting something a little different than the average summer fare.
Students are involved in a wide-range of activities and educational classes which may include:
- Introduction to Law Enforcement
- D.U.I. / D.A.R.E.
- Tour of the County jail
- Officer Safety and Intro to Defensive Tactics
- Introduction to the Legal System – Broward State Attorney’s Office
- Crime Scene Investigations
- County facility tour: SWAT,marine unit, aviation unit and Service Center
- Patrol Services
- CPR certification
- Internet Safety and Graduation
The program advertises for and accepts applications in early June. This web site will post a notice when applications are being accepted or in June you can call 954-389-2030.