Citizen Corps Law and Legal Definition

Citizen corps is a U.S. national service program coordinated nationally by the Department of Homeland Security, for citizens and communities to engage in the preparation of the homeland for emergencies and threats. The mission of citizen corps is to harness the power of every individual through education, training, and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds. Hence, in order to make our communities safer, citizen corps councils encourage citizens through personal responsibility, training, and voluntary service. Further, to promote homeland security needs, citizen corps works in conjunction with the Corporation for National and Community Service and promotes the national service opportunities. There are currently 2,446 Councils in the citizen corps which serves 229,222,943 people or 80% of the total U.S. population. Citizen Corps partner programs include the Community Emergency Response Team Program, Fire Corps, Medical Reserve Corps, Neighborhood Watch, Volunteers in Police Service, and the American Radio Relay League.