Cranbrook, BC (November 7, 2022) – Rebuilding of a number of volunteer programs through the Cranbrook RCMP detachment – including ‘Citizens on Patrol (COPS)’ is well underway. All of the existing volunteer programs through the RCMP were placed on hold during the pandemic.
Staff Sergeant Barry Graham of the Cranbrook RCMP provided an update to Council at their regular meeting on Monday night.
“Our Citizen on Patrol team has reached 15 members, all of whom required security clearances and in-house training. They are ramping up their planned patrols and have been a great help when called upon for specific assistance to our regular member team,” says Graham.
“Some of our volunteers have been a great help in following up with local businesses to provide options to help reduce their vulnerability to property crime.”
“We understand that reducing crime is a high priority for our community,” says Mayor Wayne Price. “This program gives the community a measure to use at the local level to help reduce some of the social issues we see. I am hopeful we see some additional volunteers to help grow this important initiative.”
“Though we are early in the process, there appears to be significant interest by many members of the community, and will be a great addition to our volunteer initiatives,” Graham adds.
Learn more about volunteer opportunities with the RCMP at https://cranbrook.ca/our-city/city-departments/royal-canadian-mounted-police/.