Castro Community On Patrol (CCOP), a program of San Francisco Safety Awareness For Everyone (SF-SAFE), seeks new volunteers to help patrol the Castro neighborhood on a monthly basis.
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.
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.
CCOP also assists other community groups to make their events successful, and we are often a part of the developing history of the LGBTQQI+ community. In the past we’ve assisted at PROP8 events, Pulse Nightclub rallies, Harvey Milk Memorial annual events, 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, Santa Skivvies Run, PRC Holiday Dinner and many more.
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.
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.
We will provide full training (by Zoom during the current COVID pandemic) and you will deploy with experienced senior volunteers. Patrolling is fun, you get to meet lots of people, and you can feel good about helping out the community.