Our volunteers come from all walks of life including retired members, full time employed individuals and both full and part time students. They also come from all over the San Francisco and Bay Area, so you don’t have to live in the neighborhood to volunteer with us.  In fact, about 70% of our Patrollers actually live outside of the neighborhood.

You don’t need any special skills, knowledge, or abilities to join us.  We are essentially a walking neighborhood watch.  Instead of sitting at home looking out of the window, we walk the neighborhood to interact with residents, business owners, visitors.  We will provide full training in order to prepare you to join our Patrol Teams when they go out on patrol. We will also provide you with the equipment you need while you are on patrol, and you will always patrol with at least two other team members.

Our prime directive for all our volunteers is “PATROL VOLUNTEERS DO NOT GET HURT.” Volunteer safety is our number one priority at all times.

Patrolling is fun, productive, and worth-while for everyone. We only ask that you commit to a minimum of one 3 hour patrol each month or 12 patrols per year. You can select which nights work best for you, and you can even arrange to go out on patrol with friends, family, or loved ones if they are also qualified patrol members.

Have questions before signing up as a Patroller with us, feel free to reach out to us using our CONTACT US option.


Minimum requirements for CCOP Patrol Volunteers are:

  1. You must be at least 18 years of age (no upper limit applies)
  2. You must be able to comply with our CCOP Volunteer Code of Conduct & Ethical Principles Policy
  3. You may not have been convicted of a Felony, or a violence or theft related misdemeanor.
  4. You must be able to walk continuously for up to 3 hours
  5. You must be able to hold a cell phone, radio, and flashlight
  6. You must have a good enough command of English in order to communicate with emergency dispatchers, emergency responders and members of the public

If you meet the above requirements, please pre-register to join our next Patrol Volunteer basic training class shown to the right.

(NOTE: You are NOT committed to patrolling by attending any of our training classes. We certainly hope you will, but patrolling is certainly not for everyone and we understand that. The best patrollers, are those who want to be there for the right reasons.)


Basic training for all CCOP Patrol volunteers involves reading a Basic Training manual which is sent electronically, attending a 2-hour instruction course held via ZOOM and scheduled at a mutually suitable date and time, then completing four (4) supervised patrols within six (6) months of completing the ZOOM Basic Training class.  Simply register using the link below, and we will contact you to arrange a 2-hour training date and time.

To request our Basic Training manual please CLICK HERE TO REGISTER WITH EVENTBRITE

NOTE We use Eventbrite to capture your registration details only.  The dates shown in Eventbrite are NOT the dates of training. We will work with you directly to set up a suitable date and time for the 2-hour on-line Zoom training once you have read the Basic Training manual.

Once we receive your registration we will email with the Basic Training Manual and additional instructions to you.

Additional training opportunities are provided throughout the year which is available at no cost to all Patrollers and includes:

  • First Aid / CPR / AED Certification
  • Basic Self-Defense Techniques & Concepts
  • NARCAN training
  • Community Safety Volunteer training
  • Active Shooter training

Advanced training opportunities are also provided to more experienced Patrollers in order to advance them in rank to Senior Patroller status.


Castro Community On Patrol (Castro Patrol / CCOP) is a California nonprofit volunteer safety patrol and education corporation that focuses on enhancing safety and security of the Castro neighborhood in San Francisco for residents, businesses, employees, and visitors.



Castro Community On Patrol, 584 Castro Street #731, San Francisco, CA 94114

Federal 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation Tax ID: 99-1829349