Citizens on Patrol Society looking for new volunteers
By: Sara Wilson
| Posted: Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 11:48 am
Airdrie’s Citizens on Patrol (COP) are looking for new volunteers to help with community policing in their communities.
The COP currently has 25 members but Ennio Ricci, president of the chapter is looking for “fresh blood” to help keep the streets safe.
“We’re looking for as many as we can,” Ricci said.
“The current volunteers are getting a bit tired and we need some fresh blood, young people or semi-retired people to come out and volunteer.”
Ricci has been with the chapter since 2009 and said he’s seen an increase in growth in the city.
“Airdrie is growing so fast and the bigger it gets the more problems that come with it,” he said.
The time commitment can be whatever the volunteer likes, but the current community policing volunteers dedicate between 25 and 30 hours per week.
“We go out at night time, during the day and set up speed watches around schools,” Ricci explained.
Twenty hours of training is provided before any volunteer patrols the streets, and a twice yearly training session with the Airdrie RCMP is also provided.
The RCMP training covers how to assist with an accident and how to patrol traffic on city streets.
“We work side-by-side with the RCMP,” he said. “We are in constant contact with them via radio and if anything happens we call them in.”
Recently the COP has joined with Crossfield Citizens on Patrol to help canvas a greater area.
“We merged with Crossfield because the interest isn’t as high (in Crossfield) and the chapter was in danger of folding,” Ricci said.
Anyone that is 18 years or older, has a valid drivers license and provides a clean criminal record check is eligible to become a COP volunteer.
Those interested in joining the Airdrie COP are asked to call the RCMP detachment and speak with the COP liaison officer.
“We do this because we care about our community and our neighbours,” he said.
For more information, contact the Airdrie RCMP detachment at 403-945-7200.