High Rivers Citizens On Patrol members are on the lookout for a few new volunteers to help them make the town a safer place.

President Tammy Beach says they always need help.

"It is not super exciting, you don't get to run after thieves or criminals or anything like that," said Beach. "We are the eyes and ears for our own community which helps make it safer."

Beach says when a community is known as a Citizens on Patrol community that is a deterrent for some thieves as they are typically travelling from out of town into the smaller communities.

She adds they ask their volunteers to do one shift a month.

"A shift might look like in the evening, it might look like middle of the day, it might look like early morning. It is really tailored around the volunteer and the individual that will sign up."

They keep their patrols very random.

The volunteers are an important part of the fight against rural crime.

"We all look after our neighbours, I would hope anyway, this is just kind of taking it one step further and spending a few dedicated hours out on the road in different spots in the town."

Volunteers watch for things like suspicious vehicles, suspicious people out on the street trying vehicle doors and garage doors.

They have 26 volunteers currently and most of them are doing double duty volunteering for more than one organization.

"So our group of 26 is a group of mighty people who really care about their community and have their fingers in lots of different volunteer things. We are always looking for more volunteers and more people to get out there."

COP is having their AGM on Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m.

 

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