Citizens on patrol program to start in Masset

  • Feb. 19, 2003 7:00 p.m.

Submitted by Cst. Dulude, Masset RCMP- The concept of Citizen’s on Patrol (COP) was developed in the US many years ago and blossomed into one of the most successful volunteer groups working directly with police agencies. To better serve Masset and Old Massett, it was decided it was time to initiate a pro-active approach to solving crime rather than the historical re-active approach. The only logical way to initiate a pro-active policing approach is to involve the community. The more “eyes and ears that can be utilized to assist the RCMP in safeguarding our village, a better place it will be to live.
Police seek concerned volunteers to act as extra sets of “eyes and ears” for the RCMP. Patrollers use their own vehicles and do not wear any uniforms or other forms of identification. This allows them to blend in with their surroundings, providing great potential for deterring crime within the community.
The RCMP provide training to each volunteer in the areas to patrol strategies and telecommunications skills, prior to being allowed to go on patrol. Personal safety is a priority. The volunteer is expected to commit to one evening per month. Patrols will be conducted with another volunteer, under the direction of a centrally located dispatcher. COP is a volunteer service to the community and relies upon donations for equipment and training.
COP is looking for enthusiastic people who want too contribute to a healthy, safe community. New applicants must agree to be security screened, agree to a level of commitment to training and patrol duties and abide by all rules and regulations. Applicants must be at least nineteen years of age, of good character and a resident of Masset, Old Massett area the candidate must also be prepared to appear in court as a witness. Vehicles intended too be used in this program must be in good operating condition and be properly insured to a minimum on one million dollar liability.
If you have free time on your hand and think COP is for you please contact Cst. Wasylenki or Cst. Dulude for more information at 626-9331 or stop by the detachment to pick up an application. Please have all applications completed and returned too the detachment by March.1.