Paying it Forward to Help Each Other

| October 23, 2015

$ donated to community groups from RCMP/C.O.P charity golf tournament – Volunteers from community groups: L-R: Cam MacKinnon, Lorne MacKinnon, Chace Lamb, Terry Bellwood, Linda Horyn, Evelyn Rogers, Claudia Milanovic, Lynda Ekdahl, Bonnie Zadderey, Constable Brad Schram. In front – L-R: Jenn and Gord Ashmore, Dorleen Branden, Sarah DeCiccio, Diane Ahn, Kerrianne Pasula. Photo by B.Camilleri

On October 22nd, RCMP Constable Brad Schram announced $12, 000 was raised at the 28th annual RCMP and Citizens on Patrol (C.O.P) charity golf tournament this past summer.

Proceeds from the event were distributed to the Fallen Four Memorial Scholarship, Dennis Burkin Memorial Scholarship, D.A.R.E (Drugs Awareness Resistance Education) Program and local non-profit organizations.

Volunteers from each group met at the detachment to accept a divided monetary portion. Words of appreciation were extended by all of the volunteers accepting the donation.

Community Organizations Benefiting:

  • 1st Fox Creek Cubs/Scouts
  • C.H.I.P.S (Children’s Indoor Playground Society)
  • Silver Birch Golf Course
  • Friends of Fox Creek Hospital Society (FoFCHS)
  • Fox Creek Nordic and Trail Club
  • Highland Dance Club
  • Northland Sno-Goers
  • Curling Club
  • Fox Creek for the Children Fundraising Society
  • Senior’s Drop-In Centre
  • Slo-Pitch Association
  • Historical Association
  • Royal Canadian Legion Branch #280

C.O.P is gearing up for the next charity golf tournament, set for early June, 2016.


Volunteers WANTED – Fox Creek’s Citizens on Patrol Group needs Members!


Due to past members moving and stepping down, we are in a great need of others to step forward to help. For more information, please contact Kerrianne at 622-4552 or Diane at 622-7773.

We need more “eyes and ears” to help keep our community a SAFE place to live.

What is Citizens on Patrol?

Citizens on Patrol, or C.O.P. as they are commonly referred to, are organized groups of citizens who volunteer their time to patrol their neighborhoods. They act as additional “eyes and ears”, for their local police officers.

What is the purpose?

The Citizen on Patrol program is a very effective Crime Prevention tool for all communities. The presence of C.O.P. acts as a deterrent to crime.

Think about it, if you were a criminal, would you go to a community where people are patrolling. Most of the neighborhoods post C.O.P. street signs at all entrances, advertising their patrol.

Having a patrol sends a strong message that residents care about their community and are united. Forming a patrol tends to draw a community closer together, opening new line of communication, and forms long term partnerships and friendships. Knowing who belongs in the neighborhood is crucial in deterring crime.


Who can be a part of Citizens on Patrol?

You must by 18 years old, attend a training session and pass a criminal record check. Meetings are minimal.

C.O.P host an annual charity golf tournament, bring special guests to the community and work closely with the RCMP.

Fox Creek C.O.P is a registered group which follows all standards through A.C.O.P.A (Alberta Citizens on Patrol Association).

How does a C.O.P. operate?

Patrol groups utilize their personal cars and have radios or cell phones to communicate with the police.  One method of patrolling utilizes three persons: two in the car, a driver and an observer while the third person remains at home with a radio. This is referred to as a Base Station.

If the patroller spots something, they radio the Base Station, who then calls 911. Another option is the use of cellular telephones. This allows patrollers to call 911 directly. Some groups utilize both.

How often does a group patrol?

Some groups have a patrol out as often as 7 days and nights each week or a few times a month  The majority patrol just 2-4 days with a varied schedule.  This is done so no one can pinpoint their routine. A patrol should be tailored to fit the needs of the community and its members.

C.O.P. patrollers are observers only. They report criminal and suspicious activity or needs for emergency assistance to the police. They are not vigilantes. They do not carry weapons, or confront persons engaged in criminal or suspicious activity.



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