The COPPS deputies assist our Patrol Division by working on involved neighborhood issues, such as ongoing civil disputes, neighborhood problems, etc. They are also responsible for off-road violation enforcement, utilizing ATV’s and 4-wheel-drive vehicles.
Each COPPS deputy is assigned a police mountain bike as a secondary means of patrolling neighborhoods and business areas. All COPPS deputies are required to complete a Law Enforcement Bicycle Certification Course.
Each year, the COPPS deputies enhance our law enforcement presence in heavily trafficked shopping plazas during the Christmas Holiday Season by patrolling on foot, with bikes, and in vehicles.
The COPPS Unit is also responsible for overseeing the Explorer Program. This program, through a partnership with the Boy Scouts of America, teaches children and young adults, age 14 to 21, the aspects of being a law enforcement officer. To learn more, see Explorers Program.
The COPPS Unit successfully conducts the Shop-with-a-Cop program each year at Christmas. Through partnerships with community groups and the Hernando County School District, the COPPS Unit receives and utilizes donations to provide Christmas presents to families and children in need.