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Slave Lake, Alta. - The Slave Lake RCMP will be hosting a Citizens on Patrol (C.O.P) meeting on March 9, 2020 at 6:30PM with the goal of starting a new C.O.P group in the community. The object of a C.O.P group is to extend the eyes and ears of law enforcement agencies. This is achieved through observation, documentation and reporting of any suspicious activity noted by the groups volunteers. Once established, volunteers will patrol the town with the intent of spotting unusual, unlawful or suspicious behaviour. These instances will be reported to the police who will conduct further investigations. C.O.P groups work closely with local law enforcement agencies to share information on crime trends, hot spots and community issues.
"With property crime being a priority issue for the Slave Lake Detachment, the development of a C.O.P group will be a valuable asset in reducing instances of victimization" says S/Sgt John Spaans of the Slave Lake Detachment".
The meeting will be attended by a member of the Alberta Citizens on Patrol Association who will be able to provide guidance on how to establish the group. In the past, Slave Lake had an active C.O.P program; however, the group disbanded after it was unable to form a board.
Date: March 9, 2020
Place: Multi Purpose Room (above Tervita arean), Slave Lake Multi Rec Centre
Anyone interested in obtaining information on the C.O.P program or is interested in volunteering is encouraged to attend.