COPs on recruiting mission

The Enderby, Armstrong and Spallumcheen Citizens on Patrol program will be hosting two information and volunteer recruitment sessions this month.

Information Sessions will run March 23 at 7 p.m. at the Armstrong/Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce office, 3550 Bridge St. (next to city hall), and on March 24 at 7 p.m., at the Enderby Senior Citizens Society, 1101 George St.

The Citizens on Patrol program is driven by dedicated community volunteers that assist the RCMP by patrolling the communities they observe and report any possible criminal activity.

“They act as an extra set of eyes and ears for the police,” said Warren Smith, rural progams co-ordinator for the RCMP Safe Communities Unit which operates the Citizens On Patrol program.

“The patrols also assist in the deterrence of crime in the community.”

Volunteer safety is of the utmost importance. Volunteers are required to complete an interview process and be able to maintain an enhanced security clearance.

They must be a minimum of 19 years of age and they must be able to complete the training program.

Information session topics will include what the program is about, how it operates, volunteer requirements and a training overview.

“We highly encourage those community-minded people that are looking to get into policing or are wishing to give back to their community, have been involved in the past or would like to know more information,” said Smith.

For more information, contact the Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP Crime Prevention/Safe Communities Unit at 250-550-7840.