|Citizens on Patrol
Citizens on Patrol (COP) is a non-profit organization of volunteers who assist the local RCMP detachment. The relationship provides law enforcement personnel with a valuable observation and reporting system. Pairs of volunteers patrol Olds and Bowden during the night and report any suspicious vehicles or activities.
The presence of COP in communities help reduce the number of vandalism and other crimes, due to the number of patrols taken on by the Citizens on Patrol organization. While on patrol, if anything of a suspicious nature is observed, the volunteers are able to relay the information to the police force. COP volunteers act as the eyes and ears of the RCMP while maintaining safe and secure communities.
New volunteers are always welcome. The only requirements are that the volunteer is over 18, has no criminal record, and is willing to practice and uphold the unit's three-C policy of commitment, communication and credibility. A provincially issued manual and hands-on training with equipment and road training is provided to all new volunteers.
Members are asked to do one night patrol a month which is a minimum of four hours although some members do more patrols than required. For more information, contact Olds Rural Crime Watch by phone at 403-556-8846, or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are about 70 Citizens on Patrol units in Alberta. For more information, visit www.acopa.ca.
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