A Vulcan County woman has an idea to fight rural crime that she is hoping to get off the ground as quickly as possible.

Jodie Gateman says a rural Citizens on Patrol group could do a lot to report suspicious activities to local RCMP and help fight crime.

"We are trying to get together a group that will form a rural Citizens on Patrol, " said Gateman. "So like the Citizens on Patrol in High River, Nanton or Okotoks."

She is hoping to find enough people who are willing to take time out of their day to keep a watch on the area.

"They will be driving around trying to see what shouldn't be there."

There are some qualifications they have to have including passing a background check, take part in an interview and some training.

They are not to confront anyone or carry any weapons. The group will be registered with the Alberta Citizens on patrol.

"It is just extra eyes and ears to help the officers and report anything that is suspicious."

Gateman says the program will help ease up some of the frustrations rural residents are feeling.

"We just don't want anyone taking this into their own hands, so if we have a proactive approach to this we feel it will be beneficial.

They have just started the process and if they start a totally new group it could take a few months, or if another group were to allow them to join they could be up and running as little as one month.

"Right now we are just asking people if they would be interested. We are always looking out for one another, why not make it more official."

 

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