Spokane Community Oriented Policing Services (C.O.P.S.)
has undergone a paradigm shift.
Spokane Community Oriented Policing Services (C.O.P.S.) has undergone a paradigm shift in the past year. A new contract was recently negotiated with the City of Spokane/Police Department to continue our community outreach and organize neighborhood crime prevention programs and services.
Although Spokane C.O.P.S. has undertaken a modified role in the community, our mission, values and purpose have not changed. We are now considered an “independent contractor “with the city. C.O.P.S. ability and determination to provide quality crime prevention strategies and programs have not been diminished. Our volunteers are solid and our most important asset. Our supporters are behind us 100%. The City of Spokane recognizes that the passion of our volunteers is unparalleled. The City and Council recognize the value of our crime prevention programs and expect us to be good partners with the police and other city and community entities to ensure the best quality of life Spokane residents can expect to achieve.
Michael Yates’ entire article about Where Has Spokane C.O.P.S. Gone follows
Are you interested in volunteering in partnership with law enforcement, Dept. of Corrections and our neighborhoods?
Spokane C.O.P.S. is looking for qualified volunteers to fill the following positions.
Must be 18+ years old, complete a volunteer application, agree to a background check, good customer skills, working knowledge of Microsoft Word and/or Excel a plus. Hours vary depending on volunteer position.
For details about the programs, select the program title. Volunteer application.
Spokane C.O.P.S. foremost program is the Front Desk. Equipped with a telephone, computer, the Internet, e-mail, databases and resource booklets, the average volunteer has all manner of resources to assist members of the community with their concerns. Whether it’s an abandoned vehicle, lost and found, barking dogs, or nuisance issues, our volunteers feel confident they can help. Business conducted at the Front Desk includes fielding phone and walk-in traffic, filling out communication forms, statistics book, daily diary, filling out phone messages, data entry, on-line resourcing, email, possible assistance to assigned Neighborhood Conditions Officer and/or Dept. of Corrections Officers.
Block Watch Coordinators are C.O.P.S. volunteers responsible for coordinating all Block Watch information, data and meetings in their substation neighborhood.
Are you familiar with the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)? Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is the technology used to inspect multi-family housing properties for proper design and effective use of the environment can lead to a reduction in the incidence and fear of crime, and in an improvement in the quality of life.
Operation Family I.D. Calendar of Events
Operation Family I.D. (supporting the Missing & Exploited Children and Amber Alert)
Why we provide this FREE service to children in the Spokane, WA area…
Identification kits include a digital photograph and fingerprints. The kits are given to participating families. In the event a loved one comes up missing, a family member can forward the critical information quickly to local law enforcement agencies for the production of flyers and even nationwide distribution.
Click here to view Calendar of OFID Events.
Block Watch in Your Apartment Complex
Tools and Resources To Help You Start or Maintain a Block Watch Program
Block Watch is one of the oldest and most effective crime prevention programs in the country, bringing citizens together with law enforcement to deter crime and make communities safer.
Sponsored by Spokane Community Oriented Policing Services (C.O.P.S.), Block Watch can trace its roots back to the days of colonial settlements, when night watchmen patrolled the streets. The modern version of Block Watch was developed in response to requests from sheriffs and police chiefs who were looking for a crime prevention program that would involve citizens and address an increasing number of burglaries.
Have You Ever Had Your Bicycle Stolen? Did You Get It Back?
Chances of getting your stolen bike returned are greater if you register the bike! Every year, C.O.P.S. volunteers register hundreds of bicycles throughout the city of Spokane for children AND adults. For more detail, go to http://www.spokanecops.org/bicycle-registration
Contact your nearest C.O.P.S. substation to register your bicycle.
Remove It, Or Lose It!
Stop vehicle prowling
Vehicle prowling is one of the most common crimes in our community.
The Spokane Police Department reminds us to Remove It, Or Lose It! on the biggest shopping weekend of the year.
Here are a few tips that will help prevent you from becoming a victim.
- Do not leave belongings in your vehicle.
- When shopping, put your bags in the trunk.
- Do not leave valuables in the console or glove box.
- Park in a well lighted or high traffic area.
- Call 911 if you see someone in your vehicle.
- Call Crime Check, 456-2233, if you’ve been a victim of vehicle prowling
Who depends on YOU in an emergency?
Your family, elderly or special needs relatives, pets or farm animals, or friends? We encourage you to prepare for potential emergencies and disasters so you can reduce suffering by your loved ones. While there are many local organizations actively preparing to assist us; they can be overwhelmed by large incidents and may not be able to respond quickly enough.
Now available, a new brochure on Preparedness and Involvement on both disaster preparedness and crime prevention. Click on Public Preparedness Pamphlet to download. The brochure is also available at http://www.spokaneprepares.org/ and in printed format at your C.O.P.S. or S.C.O.P.E. stations.
Taking Charge – What To Do If Your Identity Is Stolen
Identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information and uses it without your permission. It is a serious crime that can wreak havoc with your finances, credit history, and reputation – and it can take time, money, and patience to resolve. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, prepared this guide to help you repair the damage that identity theft can cause, and reduce the risk of identity theft happening to you.
This 68 page guide has tips, worksheets, blank forms, and sample letters to guide you through the recovery process. It covers:
• what identity theft victims must do immediately
• what problems may crop up
• how you can reduce your risk of identity theft
Click here to view the PDF version of this guide.
The Birth and Evolution of Community Oriented Policing in Spokane, Washington
Spokane’s Community Oriented Policing Services (C.O.P.S.) is, I believe, unique in that no other type of community policing exists like our model. To qualify that statement, I feel a short history lesson on how Spokane C.O.P.S. came about is in order. Click here for the full article.
Property Crime Investigation within the City of Spokane
What we’re doing in terms of property crime investigation
The Spokane Police Department is still investigating property crimes, but have changed their approach to investigating those crimes to achieve the greatest impacts on public safety within the current budget constraints.