Enderby launches Citizens on Patrol

Enderby residents could help take a bite out of crime.



Enderby residents could help take a bite out of crime.

The city will initiate a Citizens on Patrol program in partnership with the RCMP.

“This will add to the community,” said Mayor Greg McCune, adding that the goal is to support the police.

Through the program, volunteers will patrol designated areas to observe and report criminal activity.

“COP volunteers are an extra set of eyes and ears who assist in deterring crime in the community,” said Tate Bengtson, chief administrative officer, in a report.

“Volunteers do not interact in any potential criminal or dangerous situation.”

The city will not develop eligibility requirements for volunteers and begin recruiting candidates for training.

Boat patrols possible

Enderby may join other jurisdictions in funding boat patrols.

The Regional District of North Okanagan has asked the city to support additional patrols by the B.C. Conservation Officer Service.

“I’m sure we’ll have a look at it because it’s something of interest,” said Mayor Greg McCune.

Currently, RDNO’s five electoral areas fund enhanced patrols by conservation officers on the Shuswap River as well as Mara, Mabel, Sugar, Kalamalka and Swan lakes to ensure public safety. Coldstream contributes to Kal Lake patrols.

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