Citizens on Patrol on the prowl for volunteers

The Chilliwack Citizens on Patrol program is looking for volunteers.

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The Chilliwack Citizens on Patrol program is looking for volunteers.

The self-described ‘extra eyes and ears’ of the local RCMP, CCOP has run for the last 16 years, keeping a watchful eye out for suspicious activities and people.

CCOP patrols in two-person teams in the evenings, which creates scheduling difficulties. It is difficult to fill every available shift if the volunteer pool is shallow. CCOP is constantly on the lookout for people 19 years and older who live or work in the area. Applicants must get a criminal-record check and complete a training program that includes crime prevention techniques, radio communications and observation skills.

The training is provided free of charge.

Anyone who can commit to the training and at least one shift per month is invited to phone 604-393-3000, email Chwkcop@gmail.com or drop by Chilliwack Crime Prevention Services at 45877 Wellington Avenue.

The office is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.