The Bremerton Citizens Auxiliary Patrol (BCAP) is a volunteer organization under the supervision of the Bremerton Police Department. Its formation began in 2014, and our volunteers began serving our community in July of 2015.
The BCAP program is an extension and expansion of our very successful Neighborhood Watch Program, and is a vital component of the Police Department’s community oriented policing policy and crime prevention efforts.
In a spirit of cooperation and partnership with the community, our pledge is to recruit, train, and retain dedicated volunteers who will participate in meaningful community safety, security and service activities.
What BCAP Does
The Bremerton Citizens Auxiliary Patrol (BCAP) is a citizen volunteer branch of the Bremerton Police Department.
BCAP members are intended to supplement and support, rather than supplant sworn police officers and civilian personnel. They serve as extra “eyes and ears” for the Bremerton Police Department.
BCAP members patrol the city, business districts, parks, and marinas by vehicle, on foot, and on bicycles checking for suspicious activity, vandalism, or unsecured property. BCAP’s primary objective is observing and reporting.
BCAP members also contact local merchants and our citizens while on their vehicle or foot patrols to promote awareness of the program, and build on community relations.
BCAP volunteers conduct checks of properties that are abandoned; looking for signs of criminal activity or vandalism. Our BCAP volunteers also conduct residential vacation checks. These checks are done free of charge for citizens within the city limits of Bremerton. BCAP volunteers will check the perimeter of the house at random intervals during daylight hours while the homeowner is away. You can initiate this service by completing the Vacation House Watch Form.
BCAP members also assist the Bremerton Police Department at public or special events, such as the Blackberry Festival and the Armed Forces Day Parade.
BCAP members operate in two-person observation patrols. They are trained not to confront citizens or take any enforcement actions, but to report situations requiring the services of commissioned police officers.
The non-enforcement services provided by our BCAP members allow our commissioned officers to focus on responding to calls for service and proactive policing efforts.
If you are interested in joining the BCAP, applicants must be 18 years of age or older, and will undergo a driving history check and a criminal background check. To apply to become a member of the BCAP please complete the BCAP Application. BCAP members are asked to commit to eight hours per month; including a monthly meeting held on the last Tuesday of the month.
For more information about the BCAP, contact Community Resource Specialist Joe Sexton at 360-473-5231.