The Comox Valley Citizens on Patrol are celebrating their 20th year as a volunteer organization in the Comox Valley on Sept. 25, 2014.
The Comox Valley Citizens on Patrol Society are extra eyes and ears for the local RCMP department.
They are a group of citizens concerned about the area they live in. They patrol from Fanny Bay to Oyster River documenting vehicles and watching for suspicious activity.
CVCOPS play a big role in working with ICBC to help with stolen autos as well. They have been supplied with a program called SARS (Stolen Auto Recovery System) where a car on patrol can take a unit out and input licence plates to try and help recover stolen autos.
In one year they helped recover at least five stolen vehicles in the Valley.
When the RCMP receives a complaint about speeding in your area, one of the avenues they have open to them is to enlist the help of the COPS to operate the speed board which is referred to as Speed Watch.
These are just a few things that this organization does but in order to do all of these successfully they need volunteers. In 2013 their volunteers, which consist of 35 members, did a total of 13,456 hours and drove 53,246 kilometres.
In their 2012-2013 seasons Comox Valley Citizens on Patrol Society assisted police in the Comox Valley area with 35 members volunteering their spare time of at least two shifts a month for about eight hours.
With over 13,000 hours these volunteers helped our local RCMP find people that were lost, helped find vehicles the RCMP were looking for and overall looked out for the safety in your neighbourhood by being the extra eyes and ears in your community.
The Comox Valley RCMP wish to thank all these dedicated volunteers for the time they put in to make the Comox Valley a better place to live.