The Volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) program was launched in 2006. vCOP volunteers patrol the city to observe and report any suspicious activities or problems. Similar programs have been established in communities throughout Canada and the United States.
Côte Saint-Luc is the first city in Quebec to implement the Volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) program, an innovative approach to community safety and security.
Working in collaboration with Côte Saint-Luc Public Safety, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and the Montreal Police Department , vCOP members patrol the city, observing and reporting any suspicious activities or problems. VCOP members are not law enforcement personnel; instead, they act as the eyes and ears for our emergency services.
Visible on the streets and in parks, and at many special events throughout the year, the vCOP patrols help deter crime and assist people in need. They also assist residents and visitors by informing them about city services and municipal by-laws. VCOP members patrol in marked vehicles – numbered 901, 902 and 903 – as well as on bicycle and on foot.
Vacation Spot Check Program
Planning on going on vacation?
You should ask a trusted neighbour or friend to do periodic spot checks of your home. You can also use the free Vacation Spot Check service from the Côte Saint-Luc vCOP.
The service is available to residents of single-family homes, semi-detached homes, duplexes and townhouses. For now, it’s only available to residents who will be away for at least two weeks.
Here’s how it works.
vCOP members will visit your home and check for signs of forced entry, like broken windows, open doors, or torn screens. They’ll also remove flyers, circulars and newspapers from the front steps. They won’t take away your mail. You’ll need a trusted neighbour or friend for that, or you can ask Canada Post to hold your mail while you’re away.
If your side and back yards are accessible, the vCOP members will walk around your property and inspect those areas, too. If they spot any signs of forced entry during the inspection, they will notify the police.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 514-485-6800 ext. 5101.