On Friday February 24, a Battlefords Citizens on Patrol Program (COPP) team spotted a suspected stolen vehicle and alerted North Battleford’s Community Safety Officers (CSO’s). The truck was confirmed as stolen and the recovery and investigation immediately turned over to the RCMP.
Prior to leaving on the nightly patrol, the 5 COPP teams and CSO pair were briefed by the RCMP detachment watch commander on issues of which to be aware. The briefing included the description of a stolen Ford 1⁄2 ton truck. COPP members were also alerted to a social media post which included further descriptions of the stolen truck. The suspected stolen truck was observed about 1 1⁄2 hours into the patrol; from time of theft to time of recovery was less than 3 hours.