Provincial Citizens on Patrol Organizations
There are five or more COP groups in Nova Scotia. Individuals seeking to join a patrol group should contact their local RCMP office.
Alberta Citizens On Patrol Association (ACOPA) is a very active organization. There are over 60 Citizens On Patrol groups in the province and several more communities in the process of starting the C.O.P. program. When a community is interested in starting the C.O.P.
At present Saskatchewan does not have a Provincial Citizens on Patrol Association. Hopefully this will change in the near future.
British Columbia continues to be divided as to the operation of our program. In some RCMP detachments, they use “Community Policing Volunteers” and in others, COPs.
La mission de l’Association Citoyens en Patrouille de Codiac (ACEPC) est de rendre les collectivités plus sûres en mobilisant les citoyens du Grand Moncton pour les inciter à participer à une initiative communautaire de prévention du crime et de la victimisation, en collaboration avec leur servic
Updates from the provinces
While this is a BC Newsletter, it is going out through our Canadian Citizens On Patrol group which is in seven of our provinces. It now has a Facebook page so we encourage all of you to like that our page so that we are joined with your many friends. We also have a website www.ccopa.ca and on that site, we have all the news that is news! We have information on the provinces and their representatives who are part of us – BC, AB, SK, ON, PEI, NB, and NS. So if you want to start a local group or just browsing, check us out. We are a well functioning group who communicates by email but mostly via ZOOM and we hold 3-4 meetings a year to talk about issues but also to help any groups who are struggling with keeping numbers etc.
On any block and in any neighbourhood, it only takes one house that is harbouring illegal activities to undermine the safety of all residents of that community and affect the property values throughout that neighbourhood.
The Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act is intended to empower residents to take back their neighbourhoods by reporting problem residences or businesses that are habitually used for illegal activities. These activities could include drugs, prostitution, gang or criminal activities, child sexual abuse or the unlawful sale or consumption of alcohol.
If you are suspicious of a property in your neighbourhood, do not investigate it yourself or approach the occupants.
Please call the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Investigation Unit immediately.
There is an Investigation Unit in both Saskatoon and Regina.
Regina toll free number: 1-866-51-SAFERS
Saskatoon and Prince Albert toll free number: 1-855-933-6411
On March 7, 2019, the Honourable Christine Tell, Minister of Corrections and Policing, and A/Commissioner Mark Fisher, Commanding Officer of the Saskatchewan RCMP, along with some of our community partners, announced the launch of the ‘Saskatchewan Crime Watch Advisory Network’.
The ‘Saskatchewan Crime Watch Advisory Network’ is a crime prevention program that uses mass notification technology (Everbridge) to more effectively and efficiently communicate with participating residents, corporations, and organizations. The Everbridge Mass Notification system is used by frontline employees to send advisories to the public via text message, email, and/or landline. Community members will purposely sign up to receive these notifications.
There are two categories of police advisories:
The 2016 Crime Severity Index was released in July 2017. North Battleford has made progress and is no longer #1 on the Violent Crime Severity Index. However, preventable crimes such as vehicle thefts and residential break-ins continue to rise keeping us #1 overall.
North Battleford wants to expand on the successes of our Community Safety Strategy and enhanced “Eyes That Care”. This project empowers residents who want to address our preventable crime challenges and encourages residents to do the following:
OLDS, Alta. — In the early hours of the morning, 85-year-old Margaret Erickson sometimes goes looking for trouble. A member of the Citizens on Patrol group in Olds, Alta., Erickson and 60 fellow volunteers act as extra sets of eyes and ears for the local RCMP detachment.
They drive around town looking for anything that’s amiss: a car that doesn’t belong, a gate that’s mysteriously open in an industrial area or, says Jimmy Jeong, who moved to Olds from South Korea less than two years ago, aggressive driving.
“We know how it normally looks like,” Jeong said, looking out the window of a Ford F-150 on a patrol one Wednesday evening in July, rolling slowly through Olds as the sun set, silhouetting the Rocky Mountains on the western horizon. Jeong and his friend Sazzad Hossain — they regularly patrol together — seem to know every business in town, stopping to chat briefly with a security guard outside the office of one of the town’s cannabis producers.