The Citizens on Patrol (COP) Program is a specialized group of volunteers who are on-call 24/7/365 to assist with patrol duties, special events, large incidents, and any other duties as requested by the Mesa County Sheriff's Office.
Trained COP volunteers respond to an average of 2,500 calls for service per year and contribute thousands of hours to our community. Many of our COP volunteers are retired Law Enforcement / Military or are current Public Safety students at Colorado Mesa University.
The COP program also oversees the MCSO Internship program that runs each semester. For more information on the Internship program please click here.
COP Volunteers assist citizens and deputies by:
Become a COP!
If you are interested in becoming a member of the COP program, please contact Rich Bacher (Rich.Bacher@mesacounty.us) or Bryan Wright (Bryan.Wright@mesacounty.us) for additional information and an application.
Volunteers are required to undergo a comprehensive background check as well as an interview with COP Command Staff before they are accepted into the program. Volunteers are expected to contribute at least 10 hours a month to the agency.
New COP members are required to attend a month-long academy twice a week. The academy instructors teach new members how to perform COP duties efficiently and effectively. Once a new member completes the academy, they are issued a uniform and are assigned to a Field Training Officer (FTO) for additional hands-on training in the field.
Lt. David Holdren
Office: (970) 244-3944