In October of 1998, the Enderby Detachment of the RCMP with
the blessing of the city council and the Chamber of Commerce
launched a program to provide extra "eyes and ears" to
assist the local police in the deterrence of unlawful
activity within the community.
The mandate of C.O.P.S., similar to other Citizens on Patrol
organizations in other communities, is to "observe, report
and record" while on patrol. No active participation or
intervention is required at any time. On rare occasions
appropriate assistance may be requested by an RCMP officer
A patrol consists of two citizens in one vehicle, one as a
driver, the other as an observer and lasts four or five hours.
One or two patrols are launched on active evenings, an
active evening usually occurring on a weekend or when deemed
to be effective by the commanding officer of the local RCM
Tools used to facilitate the operation include: radios,
cell phones, flashlights, clipboards and notebooks.
Communication with RCMP members and other C.O.P.s on duty
is assured at all times. Coming soon will be laptop
computers which will enable members to check for stolen
vehicles, an initiative of ICBC called the Stolen Automobile
Recovery (SAR) program.
Currently, there are thirty active volunteers in the
society with two or three new members waiting for clearance.
In order to be effective and keep rotation at four week
intervals, a roster of 40 would be ideal. New members are
Requirements for enrollment include the age of 19 and
residence in the area, security screening by the RCMP, and
adherence to and a desire to uphold all the laws governing
our jurisdiction. A vehicle is not mandatory for every
patroller, however if provided must be in a safe operating
condition according to the regulations set forth by the Department of Transport
& ICBC. Token financial aid is offered to the driver/owner
on each patrol in order to defray some of the cost of
For further information please contact the NCO
at the Enderby RCMP detachment, 838-6818