C.O.P - Citizens on Patrol

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Leander Citizens on Patrol

Please note: Applicants for the Leander Citizens on Patrol program must be prior graduates of the Leander Police Department's Basic Citizen's Police Academy, with a preference for those who have attended the Advanced Citizen's Police Academy.

Citizens Patrol is a philosophy of policing based on the concept that Police Officers and Private Citizens working together in creative ways can help solve community-related problems. Some of these problems are: crime, safety, fear, social and physical disorders, and neighborhood decay.

Graduates of the Leander Citizen's Patrol Academy provide a tremendous community resource, utilizing their training to address community and neighborhood crime concerns. The Leander Police Department has made a commitment to establish a relationship with the community that will break down barriers, reduce community tensions, open new avenues of communication, and provide constructive and meaningful opportunities for collaboration.

The primary mission of the Leander Police Department Citizen's Patrol Program is to reduce crime and the fear of crime, improve the quality of life through the development of community awareness and form a partnership between the community and the Leander Police Department.

The Citizen's Patrol program is utilized by the Leander Police Department to make available more resources to better serve our community and is conducted in a manner that allows for participation in combating criminal behavior and supporting police operations, but minimizes the exposure to risk factors.

In addition, applications are currently being accepted for Citizen's on Patrol. Contact staff at 512-528-2812, please leave a message or email Community Services for an application packet.

Please be advised, persons participating in the Citizen's Patrol program must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Must be a full-time resident of Williamson or Travis County, Texas
  • Have a valid Texas driver's license or be active military with a valid out-of-state driver's license, and maintain a satisfactory driving record.
  • Have no felony convictions. Misdemeanors are subject to review
  • Have no outstanding warrants for arrest
  • Successfully complete the Leander Police Department Basic Citizens Police Academy
  • Must have completed, or be enrolled in the next available Leander Police Department Advanced Citizen's Police Academy (within 1 year of appointment). Selected LCP members will have priority to participate in the ACPA.
  • Must have access to and be able to use a computer
  • Agree to perform the required 16 hours per month, with at least eight of those hours being patrol duties. Members of LCP are encouraged to participate in other details and special events throughout the City of Leander in addition to the 8 hours of Patrol.
  • Agree to comply with LCP Policies Procedures and directives
  • Pass a thorough background investigation and interview
  • Be willing to submit to a polygraph or drug test at the discretion of the Leander Police Department
  • Be able to stand for four hours, lift 30 pounds, and be willing to disclose any medical conditions that would prevent the member from fulfilling the requirements of membership.
  • Complete the next Leander Citizen's Patrol Academy upon acceptance