WHAT IS THE CENTRAL OKANAGAN CITIZENS PATROL?
The Central Okanagan Citizens Patrol is comprised of Community-based groups of concerned citizens who volunteer their time, vehicles, energy and expertise to become the extended eyes and ears of their police service. In this day and age the police simply cannot do it all for the community - they must have community support in making our streets safe for all to use.
Each Patrol team has its own executive selected from within the Patrol. While this group manages the scheduling and routine operations of the Patrol, the Patrol itself works under the auspices and direction of the RCMP.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A CITIZENS PATROL TEAM?
Personnel who participate in the Citizens Patrol are observers and reporters only. If an offence is witnessed, Patrol members are to observe and report the matter via radio. They are not to become directly involved. It is the responsibility of the police to deal with offenders. Besides being a good safety policy for Citizens Patrol members, this enables people of all ages to participate in their local Patrol.
The only exception is Citizens Patrol members occasionally will assist with traffic control/direction at motor vehicle accident scenes. A portion of the basic 6 hours training includes traffic direction and control.
IS THERE A CITIZENS PATROL TEAM IN MY AREA?
Currently there are Citizens Patrol Teams in the following areas of the Central Okanagan:
- Lake Country
- Mission - East Kelowna
For further information about Citizen Patrols in these areas, phone 250-707-8021