Program seeks new recruits

Vernon’s RCMP Citizens Patrol program is looking for a few good men and women

Vernon’s RCMP Citizens Patrol program is looking for a few good men and women.

Volunteers are currently being sought for the next round of training June 11 to 13.

“For over 20 years, our Citizens Patrol has helped to minimize the amount of crime occurring throughout our city,” said Regan Borisenko, crime prevention co-ordinator.

“The volunteers are extra eyes and ears for the RCMP.”

Duties involve patrolling streets, business areas and parks, as well as reporting and recording suspicious activities. Volunteers are also responsible for the Speed Watch program.

“Being a proactive member of the community and assisting police is the No. 1 duty of the Citizens Patrol,” said Borisenko.

In 2012 the 49 members of Citizens Patrol:

n Volunteered more than ,4328 hours patrolling, training and at special events

n Worked 278 patrol shifts and 92 Speed Watch operations

n Patrolled more than 30,000 kilometres in Vernon.

n In the course of their duties, they have checked 57,175 license plates to determine if they were stolen.

“The age of volunteers in our group varies from 20 to 80 years,” said Borisenko.

“In preparation for training, these volunteers will undergo interviews covering security and program interests. Training involves developing patrol skills, note taking, court processes, working with partner agencies including the RCMP, bylaws and ICBC, observations skills and report writing just to name a few.”

After their classroom training, the new candidates complete six patrols with experienced volunteers who will mentor them on the practical aspects of the program.

 

For more information or to set up an interview time, contact 250-550-7847 or rborisenko@vernon.ca.