At present Saskatchewan does not have a Provincial Citizens on Patrol Association. Hopefully this will change in the near future.
Citizens on Patrol Programs in Saskatchewan are active in Kindersley, Rosetown, Wilkie, Unity, Meadow Lake, Lakeland at Emma Lake, Yorkton and North Battleford. Plans are underway to set up a program in Vonda.
The C.O.P. program in the Battleford’s was organized in 1996, several of these members are still active. We are governed by a set of bylaws and a code of ethics as set out when the organization was established, and are up dated as circumstances require. We’ve had training sessions in the “do’s” and “don’ts” when out on patrol, always mindful that our personal safety is of the most importance. When reporting incidents, as one Liaison officer said, “if it doesn’t look right, than it probably isn’t right, just use your own good judgement”
Our membership is small, but hopefully will increase this summer. Information and applications were made available to the general public at Town Hall, and Neighborhood Watch meetings. We have also posted information and applications on Facebook. This fall, information about the C.O.P. program will be made available at community events, such as trade fairs and hockey games.
Our R.C.M.P. Community Service Officer, Cpl. Maxwell, as well as our Liaison Officers have been strong proponents of the C.O.P. Organization, encouraging our efforts to serve as an extra set of “eyes” and “ears” for out two communities.