Côte Saint-Luc crime prevention volunteer patrollers log almost 16,000 hours

Côte Saint-Luc, March 31, 2010 – Television’s Jack Bauer would have to spend 667 sleepless 24-hour days to equal the amount of time members of Côte Saint-Luc Volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) have donated to help keep the city safe.

Since its inception in July 2006, vCOP volunteers have logged almost 16,000 hours. The City of Côte Saint-Luc wants new recruits and will be holding an information session on Tuesday, April 13 at 7pm at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.) for residents interested in joining vCOP. Prospective volunteers should be age 18 or older. They should bring identification and a completed copy of the application form available at www.CoteSaintLuc.org/en/vcop.

Volunteers are required to make a minimum commitment of six hours per month. There is also a cadet program for 16 and 17 year olds.

“Our vCOP patrollers have made an enormous contribution to the safety of our already safe city,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member responsible for public safety. “For instance, when vCOP patrollers spot an open garage door, they notify the resident. This simple act may help prevent a theft. vCOP is a great past time for retirees.”

Almost 70 volunteers patrol the streets of Côte Saint-Luc in marked vCOP vehicles, on foot and on bicycles. The volunteers notify local agencies about emergency and non-emergency situations as they act as observers throughout the community. There is a one-time membership fee of $75 to defray the costs of uniforms and accessories.

Côte Saint-Luc was the first city in Quebec to implement this neighbourhood-watch-on-wheels program in 2006. Similar programs have been established in communities throughout Canada and the United States.

Since its inception in July 2006, vCOP volunteers have spent patrolled 89,706km of city roads, which is the equivalent of the distance between three round-trip flights between Montreal, Canada and Sydney, Australia.

For more information or to join the vCOP program, please call 514-485-6800, send an e-mail to vcop@CoteSaintLuc.org, or visit www.CoteSaintLuc.org/en/vcop.

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Contact: For more information: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, 514-485-8905, dlevine@CoteSaintLuc.org

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