The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Citizens On Patrol (SCOP) was established in 1996. The SCOP program allows citizens to voluntarily serve with the Sheriff’s Office.
They have been known as the “Eyes and Ears” of the Sheriff’s Office. They perform a variety of functions including, but not limited to, traffic control, patrol in a SCOP vehicle, boating and marine patrol, vacation house checks, filing, assisting at the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Animal Shelter, special events and disaster assistance. SCOP has also been very active in speaking to neighborhood watch groups.
In calendar year 2012, the SCOP program volunteers logged almost 32,000 miles patrolling various parts of Humboldt County. They provided 446 vacation house checks, 14,563 business checks, 1,997 hours of parks and playground checks, and members donated 7,325 hours to the community.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Citizen On Patrol trains and educates citizens about general law enforcement, specifically the Sheriff’s Office. Some of the deputies currently working at the Sheriff’s Office started their careers in the SCOP program
SCOP members are required to be at least 21 years of age, have a valid California Drivers License, pass a background check, and donate at least seventeen hours a month. Volunteers accepted will receive 32 hours of training in the SCOP Academy.
Anyone interested in joining the SCOP program can contact SCOP Captain Bernie Jorgensen at 268-2536.