Citizen Oriented Policing School (COPS)

The South Portland Police Department, in collaboration with other Cumberland County communities, offer an eight (8) week Citizen Oriented Policing School (C.O.P.S.).


 The C.O.P.S. program is intended to be an overview of the functions and operations of law enforcement personnel.


Some of the topics covered include:

The Role of the Police Officer, The Hiring Process, Laws, Police Ethics, Juvenile Justice, Dealing with the Mentally Ill, Domestic Violence and Diverse Ethnic Groups, Patrol Procedures, Criminal Investigations, OUI Enforcement, Use of Force, and the FATS Machine – "shoot / don't shoot" scenarios.

The next Citizen Oriented Police School begins

(To Be Determined)

A background check will be performed on ALL applicants. Applicants with felony convictions or extensive criminal backgrounds will not be accepted.

To obtain an application please stop by the South Portland Police Department; or download a copy from our website. Click Here

If you have any questions contact:

CRO Linda Barker or call 207-799-5511 ext 7424.

Lt Frank Clark or call 207-799-5511 ext 7242