OKEECHOBEE — The C.O.P. (Citizens Observers Patrol) was recently awarded a Unit Special Recognition Award from Sheriff Noel E. Stephen. Sheriff Stephen, Captain Robert Coleman and Chief Deputy - Col. Gary Bell honored the C.O.P. for their dedication and service to our fellow citizens of Okeechobee County.
The C.O.P. unit has 22 retired civilian members who act as an additional set of “eyes and ears” while they patrol.
Last year they patrolled over 14,500 miles and over 3500 person-hours. They have a daily list of elderly and infirmed county residents who are homebound. They call or check face-to-face on these infirmed, and you may even see them at community events as they deliver for charity groups that put on fundraisers (BBQ luncheons) all the time.
If you would like to become a member of the C.O.P. or have someone you would like added to the call/visit list, please contact Jack Nash, Supervisor, Community Relations and Public Information, at 863-763-3117 Ext 5018.
We are currently seeking individuals who want to help their community and have some leisure time volunteering.