The City of Côte Saint-Luc is looking for new recruits and will be holding an information session onTuesday, April 7 at 7 pm 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 and volunteers are required to make a minimum commitment of six hours per month.
“Since its inception in July 2006, vCOP volunteers have worked alongside public security, police, fire and EMS services to add to Côte Saint-Luc’s substantial safety initiatives,” said Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, who is responsible for vCOP.  “The patrollers have logged more than 46,625 hours and 254,166 kilometres, which is more than six times around the Earth.”
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, check smoke detectors in homes in partnership with the fire department and assist with residents at major fires and other large incidents.
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.
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.