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Citizens on Patrol Services (COPS)

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rancho-mirage-cops-edit-cropped--1024x565The Citizens on Patrol Services ("COPS") program was formed in 1994 by resolution of the City Council to serve as the “eyes and ears” for the Sheriff’s Department.   While the program has evolved over the years, the mission remains unchanged, the following are a list of some of the duties associated with being a COPS Member:

  • Patrolling the streets of Rancho Mirage.
  • Observing and reporting suspicious activity.
  • Providing traffic control at traffic accidents and DUI checkpoints.
  • Assisting stranded motorists with emergency lighting, water, and a phone call.
  • Patrolling public and private communities within Rancho Mirage.
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  • Reporting nuisances to Code Compliance, such as a graffiti and illegal dumping.
  • Monitoring seasonal resident homes.
  • Staffing at City Events, such as the Writer's Festival.
  • Attending community outreach events, such as the National Night Out and Coffee with a Cop.
  • Some Members promote within the organization to serve in special roles and are given special responsibilities to help COPS operate successfully.
  • and more!
Application Process
  1. Complete the Interest Form below or make contact with a COPS member if you know one already. Once you are in contact with a Member of the program, they will help to guide you through the rest of the steps below.
  2. Attend an in-person regular meeting as an observer, usually about an hour.
  3. Go on a ride-along with a COPS Member, usually about 4 hours.
  4. Go on a ride-along with the Sheriff's Department, usually about 4 hours.
  5. Receive, complete, and submit an application. The application will be given to you by a Member of the COPS program only after you have completed steps 1 through 4.
  6. Pass an interview with Captain and Staff Liaison.
  7. Pass a criminal history background check (Live Scan).
  8. Upon completion of steps 1 through 7, you will be appointed as a trainee and begin basic training.
  9. Upon completion of steps 1 through 8, confirmation and appointment as a full Volunteer Member of COPS.
Private Community Request for Patrol Form
Private communities within Rancho Mirage who are governed by a homeowners association can request and authorize patrols of their community.
Download Private Community Patrol Request Form


  • Al Carpenter – Captain  copscaptain@ranchomirageca.gov
  • Bill Sachs – Adjutant (Lt.)
  • Rich Ronzello – Equipment (Lt.)
  • Beth Schneider – Administration (Lt.)
  • Maria Silva - Quartermaster (Lt.)
Staff Liaison
Brian Kephart, Emergency Manager

Interested in learning more about the program? Please complete the form below and someone should contact you within 3 business days.

COPS Interest Form

Meeting Schedule
Regular meetings are scheduled on the fourth Thursday of each month at 8:30 AM, unless canceled or rescheduled due to a holiday closure. Meetings take place at the Rancho Mirage Corporate Yard located in Thousand Palms:

72-201 Manufacturing Road
Thousand Palms, California 92276

For any questions regarding upcoming meeting times please contact the Staff Liaison.