Volunteers sought for new Lumby COP program

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

Citizens On Patrol is village-bound.

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

“We will be holding an information session at 7 p.m. Jan. 22, at the White Valley Community Centre located at 2250 Shields Ave.” said Warren Smith, rural programs co-ordinator with the Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP Safe Communities Unit.

The Citizens on Patrol program assists police by patrolling the communities it serves and reports any suspicious activity to the police.

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,” said Smith, who runs the program.

Volunteers are required to complete an interview process and 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 will be featured 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 please contact Smith at 250 550-7843, or speak to Cpl. Henry Proce at the Lumby RCMP detachment at 250-547-2151.