Côte Saint-Luc Seeking New Recruits for Volunteer Citizens on Patrol Program

CÔTE SAINT-LUC, OCTOBER 27, 2006 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc is looking for more recruits to expand its successful crime prevention program, Volunteer Citizens on Patrol, or vCOP, Mayor Anthony Housefather announced today.
 
Working in conjunction with Côte Saint-Luc Public Security, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and the Montreal Police Department, vCOP volunteers patrol the city, observe and report any suspicious activities or problems. Côte Saint-Luc was the first city in the Montreal region to implement the innovative vCOP program on July 1, 2006. Similar programs have been established in communities throughout Canada and the United States.
 
“Community safety and security remains a prime objective of Côte Saint-Luc,” Mayor Housefather said. “The vCOP program is proactively helping improve safety in the community.”
 
Visible on the streets and at many special events throughout the year, the vCOP patrol helps deter crime and assists people in need. The volunteers contribute to the well-being of the community and assist residents and visitors in a meaningful and tangible way, such as alerting Public Security or the police about suspicious activity, downed power lines or other possible dangers to residents.
 
“We have already recruited and trained 30 members who are patrolling the streets of Côte Saint-Luc,” said Glenn J. Nashen, who is the City Councillor responsible for public safety including all aspects of local emergency services, civil protection and disaster readiness. “We are looking for the next group of concerned residents who are interested in making a real difference in our community.”
 
Volunteer patrollers, in marked vCOP vehicles and on foot notify local agencies with emergency and non-emergency situations as they act as observers throughout the community.
 
“vCOP volunteers gain a better understanding of crime prevention issues and strategies while having fun and getting to know their community even better,” Councillor Nashen said.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, in very good physical and mental health and residing, working or having a vested interest in Côte Saint-Luc. Volunteers must pass a security check, have good interpersonal and communications skills, possess a positive attitude and be able to work in a team environment, act professionally and participate in training sessions. Patrollers will also be required to commit to a minimum four hours per month.
 
“Whether you are a university student, a business person or a retiree, you can make a difference,” Mayor Housefather said. “As long as you're in good shape with some time to spare, call to find out how you can help.”
 
vCOP training includes presentations by Côte Saint-Luc Public Security, Montreal police and fire officials as well as radio communications, first aid and CPR.
 
"These volunteers will be an ally in the effort to keep our community safe,” said Commander René Allard of Neighbourhood Police Station 9, which is located in Côte Saint-Luc.
 
Councillor Nashen said that a new corps of volunteers will be called upon in the event of major emergencies and disasters, and to help with community services and public education.
“It is important to be well prepared and to have members throughout the community who are trained and ready to help,” Councillor Nashen said.
 
The vCOP program is under the direction of EMS Director Stephane Kallos, and volunteer coordinators and supervisors including Councillor Nashen, Jordy Reichson and Murray Genis. Claireview Leasing is a major sponsor of vCOP having donated a minivan for use by patrollers.
 
For more information about joining the vCOP program, please call 514-485-6800.
 

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For more information: Darryl Levine, Manager of Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cote-saint-luc.qc.ca

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