The Similkameen Citizens on Patrol is a very active volunteer organization.
It is comprised of 14 members from the valley with support and guidance from the RCMP. We patrol Keremeos, Cawston and Olalla as well as surrounding areas during evening and overnight hours.
We also provide members to act as designated drivers for special events, such as weddings, dinners and dances.
The patrol consist of two members using their own vehicle. Citizen Patrol signs are attached to the sides and rear of the vehicle. Our main purpose is to watch for property crime and theft. Our patrols also act a deterrent to criminal activities. Any observations are reported to the RCMP.
As a group we put in approximately 40 hours per month on patrol and more acting as designated drivers and conducting speed watch.
The Speed Watch Program is in place to inform drivers of their speed – it is not a speed trap. The information which is gathered is turned over to ICBC. COPS run the program for ICBC, but vehicles that are observed at excessive speed or exhibiting dangerous traits will have their license numbers turned over to the RCMP for further action.
Citizens on Patrol wants and needs more volunteers.
Our members come from a variety of backgrounds – from retired folks to working parents, both male and female.
We meet upstairs at the Legion Hall on the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m.
Members are scheduled for patrols according to their availability. The schedule is set up six months at a time.
Visit our information booth in Memorial Park on Canada Day, July 1.
For further information, contact Don Bartlett, President, at 250- 499- 5785, Earl Strong, Past President, at 250-499-2240, or the RCMP detachment at 250-499-5511.