Côte Saint-Luc looking for more volunteer patrollers

vCOP logoCôte Saint-Luc, September 28, 2012 –The Côte Saint-Luc volunteer Citizens on Patrol are recruiting new members for the largest municipally based public safety program in Quebec.

Residents interested in joining vCOP should come to an information session on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 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/vCOP.

"Côte Saint-Luc was the first city in Quebec to implement this neighbourhood-watch-on-wheels program," said Mayor Anthony Housefather.

"Members work in teams patrolling city streets, parks, playgrounds and buildings at any hour of day and night," said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member responsible for Public Safety. "They are also present at community events and available to assist at major emergencies."  

Since the program was launched in July 2006, volunteers have patrolled 170,000 kilometres—which is half the distance between Earth and the moon, and logged more than 30,000 hours. The volunteer force now number 83 people. Volunteers are given training to spot potential problems and to notify Côte Saint-Luc Public Security or the police.

The vCOP fleet includes four minivans, four electric scooters, two electric bicycles, and two regular bicycles.

Volunteers are required to make a minimum commitment of six hours per month although many patrol much more. 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.

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/vCOP.

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Media contact: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications,  514-485-8905, dlevine@CoteSaintLuc.org

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