Vernon RCMP Community Policing has launched a new program called Pooches on Patrol. People walking their dogs can keep an eye out for suspicious activities.

Vernon RCMP Community Policing has launched a new program called Pooches on Patrol. People walking their dogs can keep an eye out for suspicious activities.

Dog walkers can keep community safe

Pooches On Patrol launched by Vernon Community Policing Office

Dog walkers have a chance to help out the RCMP thanks to a new initiative.

Pooches On Patrol (POP) is the work of the Vernon RCMP Community Policing Office, and gives dog owners the opportunity to be a part of making the community a safer place to be.

“Dog walkers know their neighbourhood and are more likely to notice when something is not quite right,” said Rachael Zubick, co-ordinator for the community policing office.

“POP gives dog walkers the tools they need to actively participate in keeping their neighbourhoods safer by acting as eyes and ears for their community.

Many dog walkers commonly see drug transactions, fresh tags and unwanted graffiti or other suspicious activities in their neighbourhods.

POP encourages dog owners to be on the lookout for suspicious activity and report what they see.

“A few will call in and pass on that information to our office or the police, but often these observations go unreported as many don’t know what to do or don’t realize what they just saw,” said Zubick.

“Observe it, note it, report it. That’s it.”

For more information or to register for POP, go to the City of Vernon website, www.vernon.ca/public_safety/community_policing/pooches_on_patrol and fill out the registration form.

E-mail the form to rzubick@vernon.ca or fax it to 250-260-5866.

Once the registration is received, participants will be contacted by representatives from the community policing office to pick up a welcome package.