vCOP Supervisors Lewis Cohen and Susie Schwartz

vCOP Supervisors Lewis Cohen and Susie Schwartz

The City of Côte Saint-Luc is looking for new recruits and will be holding an information session on Tuesday, October 8 at 7pm at the Harold Greenspon Auditorium at Côte Saint-Luc City Hall (5801 Cavendish Blvd.).

Prospective volunteers should be residents age 18 or older. They should bring identification and a completed copy of the application form available at CoteSaintLuc.org/en/vcop. There is a one-time membership fee of $75 to defray the costs of uniforms and accessories.Volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) members have contributed the equivalent of more than four years of 24/7 patrols, providing Côte Saint-Luc residents with another layer of security.

Mayor Anthony Housefather and the volunteer Citizens on Patrol Electric Scooter Brigade, Elaine and Abe

Mayor Anthony Housefather and the volunteer Citizens on Patrol Electric Scooter Brigade, Elaine and Abe

Since its inception in July 2006, vCOP volunteers have worked alongside public security, police, fire and EMS services to add to Cote Saint-Luc’s substantial safety initiatives and have logged in more than 36,000 hours.

More than 80 volunteers patrol the streets of Côte Saint-Luc in marked vCOP vans, scooters, on foot and on bicycles. The volunteers notify local agencies about emergency and non-emergency situations as they act as observers throughout the community. Volunteer patrollers also help out at all community events, work with the fire department going door to door in providing smoke detector safety checks and assist with residents at major fires and other large incidents.

vCOP members Peter Kovac and Gerry Trager getting ready to patrol on electric bikes

vCOP members Peter Kovac and Gerry Trager getting ready to patrol on electric bikes

“Our vCOP patrollers have made an enormous contribution to the safety of our city,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, the council member responsible for public safety. “We can always rely on vCOP to provide assistance, be it for planned events or in an emergency situation. They are an invaluable resource to Côte Saint-Luc,” said Nashen, who created the group seven years ago.

Volunteers are required to make a minimum commitment of six hours per month.

Côte Saint-Luc was the first city in Quebec to implement this neighbourhood-watch-on-wheels program in 2006. Similar programs have been established in communities throughout Canada and the United States.

Since its inception in July 2006, vCOP volunteers have spent patrolled more than 200,000km of city roads, which is the equivalent of circulating the length of the equator five times.

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

For more information or to join the vCOP program, please call 514-485-6800, send an e-mail to vcop@CoteSaintLuc.org, or visit CoteSaintLuc.org/en/vcop.