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73-510 Fred Waring DrivePalm Desert, CA 92260


Palm Desert COPS duties include but are not limited to:

  • Conducting non-confrontational, uniformed patrols throughout designated neighborhoods and business areas within the City of Palm Desert.
  • Providing crowd and traffic control, as well as foot/golf cart patrol at certain City sponsored special events such as the Golf Cart Parade, Fourth of July Celebration, and El Paseo Fashion Week, just to name a few.
  • Providing traffic control at accident scenes and road obstructions upon request from the City and/or its Police Department.
  • Reporting code violations, graffiti, and unmarked handicapped parking areas to respective City departments.
  • Reporting suspicious activity, abandon vehicles, expired registration, and illegal parking violations to the Police Department.
  • Conducting vacant property, garage, and home checks.
  • Assisting the Police Department with special assignments upon request such as DUI and "Click it or Ticket" checkpoints.


Becoming a member of the Palm Desert COPS Program makes you a part of a team of other dedicated citizens who are looking out for your welfare as well as their own. Upon approval of your completed COPS application, which includes successfully passing a police department background check and completing an interview with the COPS Program’s City and Police Department’s staff liaisons, new recruits will be required to complete a City sponsored training regimen in order to become a full fledged member. Some of the training required to become a member of the Palm Desert COPS Program includes:

  • Completion of one eight (8) hour ride-along with a Palm Desert Police Officer
  • CPR & First Aid Certification
  • Completion of a Defensive Driving Course
  • Traffic & Accident Scene Control Training
  • Enrollment in the Palm Springs Citizens Police Academy

In addition, members are provided equipment training as needed throughout the year as well as classes on ethics and anti-harassment. The preparation and training is spread over a period of time and there is no pressure except to live up to your volunteer time commitment of at least four hours per week and the rules outlined in the Palm Desert COPS Standard Practice Manual. Being a COPS member is a responsible way to become involved in your community and protect its values.


Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 55

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