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COPS ARE THE EYES AND EARS OF THE RANCHO MIRAGE POLICE DEPARTMENT

The mission of COPS is to assist in the reduction of crime and heighten the sense of safety in the City of Rancho Mirage by providing high visibility and communication with the Police and Public Services.

Increased citizen involvement can and will deter crime in your neighborhood. These patrols are a visible presence of police authority that helps to prohibit and deter criminal activities. COPS also develops a closer relationship between the police and the community. This enhances and improves the overall quality of life within the city of Rancho Mirage.

COPS participants will attend a series of training sessions offered by the Riverside County Sheriff. During this time they will learn the observation techniques and procedures necessary for safety and the smooth operation of patrolling. In addition, the volunteers will learn first aid and CPR methods required in emergency situations. Each COPS volunteer is required to participate in at least one ride-along with a uniformed police officer prior to starting patrols. This allows the citizens to experience and understand the complexities of law enforcement.