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As Citizens on Patrol grows, so does the need for volunteers

According to Monday's Battleford town council meeting, COPP is starting the '9 pm Routine' but is looking for more volunteers to bring more patrols to Battleford.
Battleford Mayor Leslie pictured at the Nov 21st town council meetings speaks on the need for COPP volunteers

BATTLEFORD — Citizens on Patrol Program, known as COPP, is partnering with the Town of Battleford, the City of North Battleford, BATC and the RCMP is starting an awareness campaign for Battleford residents called "9 pm Routine," which will remind residents to be aware of crime in the community. 

The 9 pm Routine will consist of a checklist that residents should follow each night before bed and, according to town documents, will include the following:

  • • Removing valuables from vehicles;
  • • Lock vehicles;
  • • Close garage doors;
  • • Locking windows and house;
  • • Turning on exterior lights.

Councillor David George expressed his admiration, saying that anything the town can do to slow down crime is a great idea.

“I think it’s a good reminder not to let people be opportunistic,” Councillor Judy Pruden said.

But, as COPP grows, it also serves as a reminder to volunteer if you have spare time.

Councillor Pruden reminded Battlefords residents at the town’s Nov. 21st council meeting that COPP is in need of more dedicated volunteers.

Councillor Pruden said that COPP is gaining steam and is encouraging more patrols in Battleford,

“It’s come up at every meeting.” 

COPP is also looking for administrators and volunteers to visit businesses during the day. 

“I appreciate them making the town a priority,” Mayor Leslie said.


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