Seeking Côte Saint-Luc crime prevention volunteers

Côte Saint-Luc, March 23, 2011 – The Côte Saint-Luc volunteer Citizens on Patrol are recruiting new members to join the 70 other volunteers who participate in this neighbourhood-watch-on-wheels program.

Residents interested in joining vCOP should come to an information session on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 7 pm at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.). They should bring identification and a completed copy of the application form available at www.CoteSaintLuc.org/en/vcop.

”Our volunteers patrol in marked vehicles, on electric scooters, bicycles and on foot and have logged more than 21,000 hours and 116,000 kilometres since the program was launched in July 2006,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member who founded vCOP and is responsible for public safety issues. “These volunteers are trained to spot potential problems and to notify Côte Saint-Luc Public Security or the police.”

Volunteers are required to make a minimum commitment of six hours per month. While vCOP members are 18 years of age and over there is a cadet program for 16 and 17 year olds. There is a one-time membership fee of $75 to defray the costs of uniforms and accessories. Training in patrol techniques, radio communications, first-aid, CPR and the use of an automated external defibrillator are provided.

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

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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