Citizens on Patrol (COPs)

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Volunteer Description

Work in pairs as part of a non-confrontational, mobile, walking or bike team patrolling the community (particularly those areas that experience high incidences of crime such as theft from autos, break and enters etc.) for suspicious persons, vehicles or activity.

Sample Activities:

  • To patrol areas in personal vehicles (reimbursement for gas), bicycles, on foot or in the crime prevention vehicle.
  • To conduct car safety audits (Lock it or Lose it)
  • To work on crime prevention initiatives or programs that are offered free of charge to the public and in cooperation with the RCMP, depending on the ability and interest of the volunteer
  • To call police when suspicious activity is discovered
  • To record observations in the COPS notebook and activity log and be prepared to provide oral or written statement to the police

Time Commitment:

The estimated total hours will vary. You will have flexible days and times. The minimum requirement is 16 hours/month (4 hours/week). The length of time commitment is for one year.


  • Demonstrate reliability and willingness to take direction
  • Interest in community safety and crime prevention
  • Consent to a criminal record check and reference checks
  • Demonstrate respect to the public, volunteers and staff
  • Participate in the training and orientation (Special training required for bike patrols)
  • Sign and adhere to the Confidentiality and Volunteer Agreements


  • Workshop and Skill Development opportunities
  • Invitation to Recognition events
  • Reference letter if requested
  • Participating in making your community a safer place
  • Walking and bike patrols are great outdoor fitness activities

Responsible to:

Manager, Community Policing Programs and Projects

Contact Us

Duncan/North Cowichan Community Policing & Crime Prevention Office
#3 - 149 Canada Avenue
Duncan BC V9L 1T4
Phone: 250-701-9145
Fax: 250-701-9147
Manager: 250-701-9146

Cowichan Bay Community Police & Crime Prevention Office
1721 E Cowichan Bay Road
Cowichan Bay BC
Phone: 250-701-0961
Fax: 250-701-9160

Chemainus Community Police & Crime Prevention Office
9847 Willow Street
Chemainus BC VOR 1K0
Phone: 250-246-4382
Fax: 250-246-9174

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About Warmland Cops

Community Policing is a collaborative effort between law enforcement (RCMP) and the community to identify problems of crime and disorder and involve all elements of the community in the search for solutions to these problems.
We invite you to have a look at our website and seize the opportunity that waits for you.
From Citizens on Patrol to SpeedWatch or Coastal Watch, there is sure to be a section where you will find your niche. You can be an active part of creating a safe community.