Village program seeks volunteers

The Lumby RCMP is looking for community minded volunteers to assist with its new Citizens on Patrol program.

The Lumby RCMP is looking for community minded volunteers to assist with its new Citizens on Patrol program.

An information session will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 22, at the White Valley Community Centre located at 2250 Shields Avenue.

“The Citizens on Patrol program is a community-minded group of people who assist the police by patrolling the communities it serves reporting any suspicious activity to the police,” said program co-ordinator Warren Smith, with the Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP Safe Communities Unit.

“The patrols help to deter crime in the areas they patrol and are part of the community policing initiatives. Volunteers are trained to report suspicious activity only, they are extra eyes and ears in the community.”

Volunteers are required to complete an interview process, be able to obtain an enhanced security clearance.

Applicants must be a minimum of 19 years of age and they should live in the general area. Volunteer safety is one of the many aspects that you as volunteers will learn during the eight hour training program.

“We highly encourage those community-minded people that have some time to give and are wishing to give back to their community, by helping to reduce crime in the Lumby and Cherryville areas to apply,” said Smith.

“Perhaps you have aspirations of pursuing a career in law enforcement and or social services, this opportunity might assist you in making that decision.”

If you would like more information or would like to register for the information session, contact Smith at 250 550-7843, or speak to Cpl. Henry Proce, at the Lumby RCMP detachment.