COP(s) from cities large and small will converge on Hunt County next Thursday for the Tenth Annual Conference to be held at the Fletcher Warren Civic Center. COP cars from around the state will be seen at area hotels and the civic center parking lot on Friday and over the weekend. COP is an acronym for Citizens on Patrol. A special vehicle contest will be held Friday morning to determine the best vehicle representing the statewide organization.
Texas Citizens on Patrol Association (TCOPA) celebrated its 10th Anniversary this year. The Greenville Citizens on Patrol and Greenville, Texas has been chosen to host the 2018 Citizens On Patrol Conference. The conference will be held on July 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th, 2018.
The COP Program was first integrated into the Greenville Police Department’s Community Programs 2008 as an effort to enhance the Department’s community policing concept. COP is uniformed patrol operation comprised of trained citizen volunteers selected from the Greenville Police Department Citizens Police Academy alumni.
COP members are often seen patrolling the streets in a specially marked vehicle that is marked as “volunteer”. The vehicles are ones deemed too old to be used as police cruisers. They may be the old Ford and Chevrolet sedans or newer SUVs. Members are an extra set of eyes and ears for the Greenville Police Department. They often serve in many non-enforcement functions of motorist assistance, traffic control during times when the Interstate is shut down due to an accident and parking enforcement that often includes disabled parking.
The conference will feature world renown speakers presenting programs on the “Ferguson Effect”, Dr. Peter Tarlow’s Program addressing terrorism and its effect on the tourism industry; and programs devoted to drug identification, sexual predators, and tips of identifying traits of terrorist operations.