COVID-19 has affected the community in many ways, including the activities of citizen action groups.
The Comox Valley Citizens on Patrol Society (COPS) is still active in local neighborhoods, acting as the extra eyes and ears for the RCMP, to help deter crime in the community.
It is looking for new members and will be holding its annual meeting in January.
The public may see the COPS van along roadsides monitoring speed, documenting distracted drivers and observing activities in local parks or high accident-prone sites. The group has been asked to monitor several streets with suspected speeding, including school zones and one area where a pet was hit by a car.
Members remain physically distant during patrols, making sure volunteers stay safe but are still able to conduct weekly duties.
COPS has been contributing to the safety of the Comox Valley for more than 25 years. The group does a variety of things to keep crime down in the area. COPS patrols from Fanny Bay to Oyster River, documenting vehicles and watching for suspicious activity.
If you would like to contribute to the safety of the community, COPS is always looking for more volunteers. The next AGM will be held on Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. If you are interested in becoming a member or would like to attend the AGM, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-897-1443. Applications are also available at the local detachment of the RCMP.