Around the world and back again for Côte Saint-Luc volunteer patrollers

Côte Saint-Luc, October 6, 2010 – Members of Côte Saint-Luc Volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) have travelled more than 105,000 kilometres in four years in mini-vans, electric scooters, on foot, and on bicycles—which is the equivalent distance of two-times around the world.

“Our vCOP program continues to provide our residents with additional services unseen in most cities and towns in Quebec,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member responsible for public safety. “For instance, in August 2010, our patrollers spotted 46 open garage doors, and one front door. They notified the residents and may have helped to prevent a theft.”

The City of Côte Saint-Luc wants new recruits for vCOP and will be holding an information session on Tuesday, October 12 at 7pm at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium of Côte Saint-Luc City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.). 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.

Côte Saint-Luc offers a training program in patrol and surveillance techniques, crossing guard techniques, first aid, CPR and AED training. No previous training is needed.

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.

vCOP was founded in July 2006. Seventy volunteers patrol the streets of Côte Saint-Luc in marked vCOP vehicles, electric scooters, 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.

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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