Volunteer Citizens on Patrol: information session
The City of Côte Saint-Luc is looking for new recruits for its unique and active volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) program and will hold an information session on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, at 7pm at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd. Registration is required. Visit CoteSaintLuc.org/vCOP to register for the information session.
The program trains volunteers to patrol the streets of Côte Saint-Luc in marked vans, on electric scooters, on foot and on bicycles. The volunteers notify local agencies about emergency and non-emergency situations. They serve as skilled observers throughout the community. Volunteer patrollers also help out at community events, deliver books to shut-ins and check on residential properties while homeowners are on vacation. They also assist Public Safety at major incidents (such as water main breaks, major fires, power outages and downed wires) to help secure perimeters.
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.
Prospective volunteers do not have to be Côte Saint-Luc residents, however they must be age 18 or older. Many are retirees who patrol on three hour shifts every week or two. Trainees will learn about first aid, Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and the use of Automated External Defibrillators, fire extinguishers, two-way radios and in patrol and surveillance techniques.