SAFETY TRAINING FOR EVERYONE

              
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Castro Community On Patrol (CCOP), in collaboration with our long-time safety partner Community Patrol Service (CPS) is committed to offering community safety training and classes in a variety of important areas. Many of these classes are provided at LOW COST as a Community benefit, while most others have reduced rates for nonprofit organizations.
We typically offer classes in a variety of subjects throughout each calendar year including:
Contact us at INFO@CastroPatrol.org to find out more about these classes or to arrange a private training session for your organization.

GIVE US JUST 3 HOURS A MONTH

   
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Castro Community On Patrol (CCOP) is the longest serving volunteer safety patrol in San Francisco and we are looking for new volunteers to help patrol the Castro neighborhood on a monthly basis.

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CCOP has successfully patrolled the Castro neighborhood since our creation in 2006, deploying teams of three unpaid volunteer Patrollers for a 3-hour shift which they select themselves.
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As a visible safety presence in the neighborhood, our patrols offer assistance, information, guidance, and support to the residents, businesses, and visitors of the Castro, interacting with thousands of people every year. We are “First Reporters” by calling in Medical, Fire, or Law Enforcement professionals when needed, and we will offer assistance when safe to do so until the professionals arrive.
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CCOP also assists other community groups to make their events successful, and we are often a part of the developing history of the LGBTQ+ community. In the past we’ve assisted at events and rallies such as PROP8, Pulse Nightclub, Harvey Milk Memorial, Black Lives Matter, Asian And Pacific Islander, RBG memorial and many others. We also assist at regular community events by providing safety volunteers such as Sisters Easter in the Park, SF Pride safety events, Castro Street Fair, Holiday Tree lighting Santa Skivvies Run, Menorah lighting, and many more.
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Our volunteers are mostly members of the LGBTQQI community, but we are open and welcoming to ALL who want to donate just three hours a month to help keep the Castro neighborhood a little safer.
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In addition to our patrolling and event safety support, we also conduct extensive outreach and community training in a variety of important topics which help to raise the awareness and responsiveness of individuals and the broader community in general. We collaborate and work closely with Federal, State, and local authorities to offer additional support and resources such as the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Bay Area Urban Areas Security Initiative, and of course the City and County of San Francisco among many others.
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We will provide full training by Zoom at a time that works best with your schedule and we will equip you with everything you need for each Patrol.  You will deploy with experienced senior volunteers in the beginning to better understand how Patrolling works.
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Patrolling is fun, you get to meet lots of people, and you can feel good about helping out the community. We also strongly suggest involving your friends, so you can patrol with them as a team.

JOIN US / TRAIN WITH US

BECOME A PATROL VOLUNTEER

Anyone of 18 years of age or older is welcome.  Initial training is conducted on-line via Zoom throughout the year, followed by four supervised patrols with experienced Patrollers.

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COMMUNITY TRAINING CLASSES

BEGINNERS SELF-DEFENSE TRAINING CLASS
Open to anyone of 18 years or older, normally held once per quarter.  Our next class will be held:

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ACTIVE SHOOTER BASIC TRAINING CLASS
Open to anyone of 18 years or older, normally held once per quarter.  We will update this space when we secure a date, time, and location for the class.

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SPECIAL CORPORATE AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION TRAINING

We offer specialized advance training to qualifying LGBTQQI+ and allied corporations and community organizations.  This training includes 6-class Self-Defense Training,  Active Shooter & Terrorist Incident Training,  Event Protection Training.  Contact us at INFO@CastroPatrol.org to discuss your specific needs.

Private Basic Self-Defense Training Class For nonprofit and for profit entities and groups at your own facility. $60/person for nonprofit groups and $100/person for for profit groups with a minimum of 10 attendees guaranteed to secure the training date.

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Active Shooter – Terrorist Incident – Event Protection Intermediate Training Class For Bars, Clubs, Businesses, Organizations, and Event organizers.

FIRST AID / CPR / AED CERTIFICATION CLASS WITH BAY AREA RED CROSS
Open to anyone of 18 years or older, normally held once per quarter.  We will update this space when we secure a date, time, and location for the class.

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Stop The Bleed Training class
Open to anyone of 18 years or older which is led by an accredited vendor and provides guidance on responding to traumatic and severe injuries.  We will update this space when we secure a date, time, and location for the class.

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KEEPING THE COMMUNITY
SAFE SINCE 2006

We deliver several KEY programs to help improve and enhance the “fabric of safety” for the neighborhood including:

  • COPSCommunity On Patrol Service program which trains, certifies, and deploys volunteers on regular neighborhood patrols, much like a normal neighborhood watch but with “boots on the ground” walking and interacting with residents, employees, and visitors.
  • CRESt – Community Response, Engagement, and Support  program which brings emergent community volunteers together with our trained Patrollers to assist other community groups and organizations with their special events, rally’s, marches and so on. Through this program our Patrollers also engage directly in the management of other community benefit efforts such as the Castro Cares program, Castro Merchants, Stop The Violence program, etc.
  • CET – Community Education  and Training program which develops training classes and outreach materials on a number of safety topics which are typically provided FREE to anyone seeking them.  This program includes our FREE Community Self-Defense classes and our FREE safety whistle distribution efforts.
  • CBW – Castro Business Watch program which we manage and organize.  The CBW is very much like a residents neighborhood watch, except this one is uniquely for businesses to share information and exchange ideas.

We also work diligently to share relevant information and concerns, ensuring the appropriate people, groups, and entities are involved in finding solutions.

MORE ABOUT COMMUNITY SAFETY

WE NEED YOU!

             

Castro Patrol is built on, supported by, and relies on UNPAID VOLUNTEER support. It all started in 2006 in response to a crisis with reports of violent robberies and associated sexual assaults in the neighborhood. The community rallied, decided “This should not be happening in our neighborhood,” and the Patrol was created. The original threat quickly disappeared, but the need for safety and prevention training continues to this day.

In 2007 we were able to field three separate teams, each having three Patrollers every Friday and Saturday evening. As the immediate threat and news coverage receded,  our volunteer number shrank from a high of just over three-hundred to a more steady thirty to forty Patrollers. This generally  allowed us to field one Patrol with three volunteers each weekend for the most part.

The COVID-19 Worldwide pandemic unfortunately decimated our volunteer Patroller numbers with some moving away, others having less free time due to life changes, and a few dropping out due to unrelated long-term chronic illness. We are currently down to about twelve Patrollers which severely restricts how many patrols we can deploy, and our capacity to support community events and additional safety training classes.  We do our best, with the limited resources we currently have available – but we could do SO MUCH MORE if we rebuild our volunteer Patroller numbers to the previous thirty or more.

PLEASE CONSIDER VOLUNTEERING with us, to help the community and improve the overall safety of the neighborhood. We provide full training and equipment, and all we ask of you is just one, three-hour patrol per month.  Patrolling with us is fun (at least we think so), rewarding, interesting, and invaluable to the neighborhood as a whole.   TRY US OUT – you never know – you may just love Patrolling as much as we do.

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