Do you want to improve the safety of our community?

Citizens on Patrol (COPs) is a community-based crime prevention initiative that aims to report suspicious, disruptive and criminal behaviour. Our mission is to build safer communities through observation and crime prevention education by mobilizing community members throughout the City of Greater Sudbury.

Your volunteer time will be spent as part of a team patrolling Greater Sudbury and deterring crime by providing additional eyes and ears for the Police Service. You will also act as a liaison at our various events promoting the COPs program within the community.

Patrolling Areas

Patrols will be proactive and will encompass all areas of Greater Sudbury, including outlying communities.

Offices will be based out of: 

  • 190 Brady Street, Sudbury
  • 239 Montee Principale (Lionel E. Lalonde LEL), Azilda

COPs Positions

  • Driver: Responsible for driving the vehicle and recording suspicious and concerning behaviour while on a patrol. (*requires a Class G driver's licence) 
  • Navigator: Responsible for navigating where the patrol is heading, communicating with the Dispatcher over the radio, and recording and reporting suspicious and concerning behaviour while on a patrol. (*requires a Class G driver’s licence) 
  • Dispatcher: Maintains contact with the Mobile Observation Team via radio communication, documents patrol activity and reports incidents to the Greater Sudbury Police Service Communications Branch.

What's Included

  • COPs vehicle
  • Uniform
  • GSPS office locations             
  • I.D. tags
  • Mobile radios                        
  • Notebook
  • Equipment bags 

What's Expected

  • Minimum One year minimum commitment
  • Minimum of 12 hours of service per month
  • Professionalism
  • Teamwork
  • Confidentiality


  • Must be 18 years old or older
  • Must pass a Police Check
  • Must be eligible to work in Canada

If you are interested in being a member of our team, please fill out a Volunteer Application Form and submit it to our Volunteer Coordinator by emailing the completed form to