Citizens on Patrol Services (COPS)

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Citizens on Patrol Services (COPS)2022-07-27T09:39:37-07:00

Welcome to the Citizens on Patrol Services webpage!

The Rancho Mirage Citywide COPS Program was formed in 1994, by resolution of the City Council, to serve as the “eyes and ears” for the Sheriff’s Department. RMCOPS is made up of volunteers, ages 21 and older, who reside within the Coachella Valley.

They assist in the reduction of crime by providing high visibility, direct communication and random daily patrols. As ambassadors of the City, they are trained by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and Palm Springs Police Citizens’ Academy in nonconfrontational matters, various aspects of police surveillance, reporting procedures, traffic control, CPR, first aid and emergency preparedness. There are currently approximately 30 members who provide about 1,000 hours monthly in volunteer service.

Citizens On Patrol Services (cops)


  • Al Carpenter – Captain

  • Rich Ronzello – Equipment (Lt.)

  • Bill Sachs – Adjutant (Lt.)

  • Beth Schneider – Administration (Lt.)

  • Maria Silva, Quartermaster (Lt.)

Staff Liaison

Brian Kephart, Code Compliance Manager & Emergency Services Coordinator

Meeting Schedule

Regular meetings are held once a month on the fourth Thursday at 8:30 a.m.

Meetings are in-person with the option for remote attendance via Zoom. The in-person meetings will be held at the Rancho Mirage Corporate Yard at 72-201 Manufacturing Rd, Thousand Palms, CA 92276.

For information on how to observe an upcoming meeting, please contact the Staff Liaison above. Meetings may be re-scheduled based on holidays and the needs of the program.

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