WHAT IS THE ST. ALBERT CITIZEN'S PATROL?
This program was initiated in 1998 to help reduce crimes like vandalism and theft in St. Albert. It consists of security cleared volunteers who patrol neighbourhoods wearing a uniform patrol vest while on foot, riding a bike or in vehicles. Volunteers act in pairs, watch for unusual activities and report their observations directly to the RCMP. The program does not have a mandate to arrest or become involved directly in any incidents. Volunteers remain non-confrontational thereby not putting themselves or the public at risk. The role of the St. Albert Citizen's Patrol is to assist the RCMP by being an extra set of eyes and ears in the community. For more information please send us an email using the contact information on this web site.
HOW WE OPERATE:
- Volunteers receive orientation and commence patrols with experienced Members
- Volunteers are on a six month probation period
- Patrol on bike, by foot or vehicle in groups of two or more
- Observe and report all suspicious activities directly to the RCMP
- Patrol shifts will vary in times and dates according to availability
- Wear highly reflective vests which identify them as CITIZEN'S PATROL
- Carry a cell phone, flashlight, notebook and basic safety equipment
EFFECT ON THE COMMUNITY:
- Crime is deterred
- Stimulates cohesive neighbourhoods
- New awareness of actual crime
- Friendship and exercise
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
- Persons 18 years of age or older who are able to pass a basic security screening
WHY SHOULD I GET INVOLVED?
- Crime preys on apathy and it is up to every member of the community to assume responsibility for its protection
- To help reduce and discourage crime in the community through active participation
Our Volunteers are the driving force behind its success. They have numerous accomplishments in deterring and even interrupting criminal activity in working cooperatively with the RCMP. Come and join our team and WALK WITH A PURPOSE.