The Barrie Police Citizens on Patrol (COP) program is expanding. On February 11, five new members were sworn in. Just a few weeks prior three new members were sworn in for a total of eight new volunteer members this year alone. The program is growing into a community of amazing volunteers with 17 current members on the team and a goal to have 50 members by the end of the year.
This program is designed to provide an opportunity for approved individuals to participate in the observation and reporting of any criminal or potentially criminal activity to Barrie Police Service. These volunteers become the ‘eyes and ears’ for Barrie Police while on patrol.
This program does not promote, require or ask for any involvement of members in the apprehension of criminals. The purpose is solely to observe and report – to be the ‘eyes and ears’ for Barrie Police Service.
The training on February 11 saw the entire volunteer group assembled for the first meeting of the year to go over expectations, policies and procedures as well as welcome and swear in the new members. Additionally, with the assistance of the Traffic Unit the volunteers received exposure to technology designed to enhance traffic safety. The program has exciting plans for their volunteers to assist in the community.
Would you like to make an impact in YOUR community? If so, visit their website for additional information on the COP program.