Citizens patrol grows
The Vernon Citizens Patrol program has graduated 12 new volunteers who start patrolling Saturday.
For more than 21 years, the community-based volunteer group has helped to minimize the amount of crime occurring throughout Vernon.
“COP members assist the RCMP by acting as an extra set of eyes and ears while patrolling our city,” said Tanya Laing Gahr, City of Vernon communications co-ordinator.
Duties involve patrolling streets, business areas and parks and documenting suspicious activities before calling them into the RCMP.
COP programs also include Speed Watch, Cell Watch and Lock-Out Auto Crime.
“Training and safety is of the utmost importance, and volunteers undergo 12 hours of classroom instruction covering security and program interests, plus five months of patrol mentor- training,” said Laing-Gahr.