Neighborhood Observation Patrol (NOP)

  • By Spokane C.O.P.S.
  • 10 Dec, 2015

NOP patrols can help make your neighborhood safer! Be a part of the solution - join a NOP team!

The Neighborhood Observation Patrol are citizens who patrol areas, reporting suspicious or unlawful activity in their community to assist the police and help keep your neighborhood safer.

NOP volunteers are trained by the Spokane Police Department in areas of safety, patrol procedures, communications, first aid, and basic law enforcement policies and procedures. Volunteers use a vehicle equipped with cell phone, flashlight, binoculars, first aid kit, fire extinguisher and reflective vests. The vehicles also display reflective signs which identify them as NOP patrols.

NOP volunteers make no arrests, but rather become additional eyes and ears for the Police Department and their neighborhoods. NOP Patrols work in conjunction with the NCO ( Neighborhood Conditions Officer ) for their C.O.P.S. shop. The NCO is the police officer that oversees their neighborhood, and gives the NOP volunteers problematic areas, businesses, houses, parking lots, etc., to observe. The NOP patrol then reports back information to the Police Department to assist the police in controlling crime in problem areas. NOP patrols are incredibly important in the reporting and documentation that police officers need to control crime. NOP teams have also helped in searches for missing persons, disaster assistance, and other community emergencies.

NOP patrols can help make your neighborhood safer! Be a part of the solution - join a NOP team!

To join a NOP team in your area, or to request a NOP patrol in a particular area, stop by your neighborhood C.O.P.S. shop. 

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