Volunteer Programs Allow Weston Residents to Support BSO Efforts in our Community

The City of Weston contracts the Broward Sheriff’s Office to safeguard our city by providing police and fire rescue services. Weston residents, both adults and teens, can complement these services through several volunteer programs.

The Citizen Observer Patrol (C.O.P.) is a volunteer program sponsored by the Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) that uses a simple approach to safeguarding neighborhoods through residents’ involvement. COP volunteers are the eyes and ears of the community, assisting and enhancing BSO’s policing efforts. They help BSO fight crime by patrolling the community, looking out for suspicious activity or potential hazards, and offering assistance to local residents. In addition to patrol activities, typical assignments include performing checks on unoccupied residences (at the owner’s request), checking on elderly or homebound residents (as requested), and reporting potential problems and neighborhood hazards to BSO. COP volunteers wear uniforms and drive specially marked vehicles, adding to the crime-fighting presence in the community. Members of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Countywide Operations professionally train all volunteers. To learn more about joining the Citizen Observer Patrol, call the Weston District Broward Sheriff’s Office at 954-389-2010.

In the event of an emergency, Weston’s Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) is prepared to take action. To date, nearly 100 residents have been trained by BSO Fire Rescue in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. If a disaster happens that overwhelms local response capability, CERT members can apply the training learned in the classroom and during exercises to give critical support to their family, neighbors and community. Contact the BSO Fire Rescue Division at 954-389-2015 for information on the next CERT training class.

The Broward Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Explorer Program allows teens and young adults, ages 14 to 21, to interact with law enforcement officers in a serious, regimented atmosphere. The program offers the opportunity to learn and experience lawful citizenship as Explorers participate, side-by-side with certified BSO deputies, in ongoing training and community service projects. To learn more about Weston Explorer Post 44 contact Deputy Kevin Maccagli at 954-389-2010. For detailed program information and an on-line application, go to www.sheriff.org/about_bso/dle/explorers/index.cfm.

BSO Fire Rescue Explorers are introduced to fire fighting and rescue techniques through a regimented course-of-instruction based on teamwork and responsibility. The program features training in fire suppression, first aid and CPR, apparatus use, emergency medical response, mitigation of hazardous materials, and other areas. Explorers can experience the responsibilities of first responders through the Ride-Along program as they accompany fire fighters and paramedics on actual emergency calls. Youth, ages of 14 and 21, interested in joining the BSO Fire Rescue Explorer Program can call 954-831-8200 to request an application.