Citizens Patrol

The Surprise Citizens Patrol was created in 1997 to help ensure a safe environment by providing quality customer service to the people who live and work in the City of Surprise. This volunteer based program is currently comprised of 62 highly-trained men and women who donate their time and skills in the furtherance of the Police Department Mission. Members of the Surprise Citizens Patrol wear uniforms and operate patrol vehicles while performing a wide variety of valuable services.

Interested? Download the Citizen Patrol application here.

Program Explanation

The Surprise Citizens Patrols responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Traffic Control
  • Crime Scene Security
  • Vacation Watch
  • Parking Enforcement 
  • Radar Deployment/Speed Enforcement Programs
  • Administrative Services

Eligibility Requirements

  • 21 years of age
  • Have or obtain valid Arizona driver’s license
  • No felony convictions
  • All applicants will be required to pass a background investigation
  • Must be willing to volunteer a minimum of 20 hours per month

Academy Schedule

The Surprise Police Department offers two seasonal Citizens Patrol Academies each year. Please contact the Surprise Citizens Patrol by telephone at 623-222-4277 or e-mail us at for up-coming dates/times. While in session, the academy meets for three hours, one day a week for six weeks.

Become a Citizens Patrol Member

The Surprise Citizens Patrol is actively recruiting individuals who are young at heart and quick in mind to join our team of dedicated individuals willing to give of their time to better our community. If you are ready to make a difference, download an application today.

For more information please contact the Surprise Police Department’s Citizens Patrol at (623) 222-4277.