Cote saint-Luc volunteer Citizens on Patrol get together for a celebration of the longest serving members

Cote saint-Luc volunteer Citizens on Patrol get together for a celebration of the longest serving members

You can never say thank you too often to volunteers and such was the case this week when Cote Saint-Luc’s volunteer Citizens on Patrol crews got together to celebrate those among the group who have been at it for more than five years. Last month the security observer group actually marked its seventh birthday.

Remerciant M. Isaac Dahan, une bénévole dévouée, pleine d'esprit et la bonne humeur

Remerciant M. Isaac Dahan, une bénévole dévouée, pleine d’esprit et la bonne humeur

As the founder of the vCOP group I have been actively involved in all aspects of its governance, leadership and operations. Most of all, I enjoy the regular occasions to meet with the volunteers, to hear about their patrols and observations and to thank them for their time, effort and dedication.

Glenn J. Nashen and Mitchell herf in service with volunteer Citizens on Patrol

Glenn J. Nashen and Mitchell herf in service with volunteer Citizens on Patrol

And occasionally I manage to squeeze out a few hours to patrol the streets of our fair city and to interact with our volunteers and professional public security agents as we meet residents along the way.

vCOP's two Harvey Schwartz's. Is there a third out there somewhere?

vCOP’s two Harvey Schwartz’s. Is there a third out there somewhere?

vCOP crews are all-volunteer and patrol in marked vans, scooters, electric bikes, mountain bikes and on foot. They are called out for emergency situations such as missing persons, severe storms or fires and assist at community events.  They are involved in smoke detector verification visits and this year have already knocked on hundreds of doors.

Public Safety Manager Jerome Pontbriand with Councillor Ruth Kovac

Public Safety Manager Jerome Pontbriand with Councillor Ruth Kovac

vCOP is made up of 80 volunteers, mostly from Cote Saint-Luc, who cover two-man shifts at all hours of day and night.  If you are interested in learning more about the organization or to join, please contact us at vcop@cotesaintluc.org.