Cote Saint-Luc’s volunteer Citizens on Patrol held their annual summer BBQ to toast six years of service to the city. This group is the first and largest COP group in Quebec with over 80 members.
Mayor Anthony Housefather thanked the volunteers for their dedication to serve as eyes and ears. Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson and Chief Jerome Pontbriand pledged their continued support of the volunteers.
Police Commander Sylvain Bissonnette repeated his familiar refrain that thanks to the culture of safety that has developed in CSL over the last decades this is the safest city on the Island of Montreal. Police officers Marie Christine Norbert and Vincent de Angelis were in attendance leading me to quip that they were actually the only two officers left in CSL with all others pursuing pot-clanking protesters downtown.
The BBQ was a celebration of volunteerism and community safety. As the volunteer leader of vCOP I have been working hard with the volunteers and staff to launch a new plan to encourage more leadership and better succession planning in order to restrengthen the organization.
This year alone vCOP has increased its fleet to four marked vans (one of them donated), added two donated electric bicycles, and is set to acquire two new electric scooters to add to its fleet of two donated mountain bikes and its original two electric scooters.
All members of vCOP contribute money in addition to their time. They look to the community to help offset their modest costs. If you’d like to make a tax-deductible donation to vCOP please send your cheque marked “vCOP” made payable to the City of Cote Saint-Luc or contact Public Safety Chief Jerome Pontbriand at 514-485-6800.