Enderby is inviting its citizens to take a bite out of crime. After several years of absence, the Citizens on Patrol program is being re-launched and volunteers are needed.
Citizens on Patrol is a way for local volunteers to serve as “eyes and ears” to help spot crime or other suspicious activity. Volunteers work in teams patrolling neighbourhoods in vehicles, observing and reporting any activity that may need a police presence or could help the police in an investigation.
“I am excited to see Citizens on Patrol start back up again in our community,” said Enderby Mayor Greg McCune. “When our community gets mobilized, we squeeze out opportunities for criminal activity to occur. Citizens on Patrol sends a message to criminals: we are watching you.”
The program is being coordinated by the City, with training and other support provided by the local RCMP.
“The Citizens on Patrol program will be a great resource for Enderby. It deters crime and helps the RCMP to identify and investigate criminal activity,” said RCMP Enderby Detachment Commander Sgt. Les Hobenshield. “We are very pleased to be working closely with the City of Enderby to make this program successful in the community.”
Interested volunteers may apply by filling out the application at www.cityofenderby.com/cop.
Volunteers must be at least 19 years of age, have a vehicle and cell phone, at least a Class 5 driver’s license with a clean driving record, and must not be under investigation by any police force. All volunteers must consent to disclosure of a Police Information Check and other background verification measures. After training, volunteers are expected to commit to a minimum of one year of service for a minimum of 4 hours per month, or 1-2 shifts per month.