The mission of Citizens on Patrol is to build safer communities by encouraging citizens to participate in a community based crime prevention initiative in co-operation with their local law enforcement agencies.
"Basically you are out there from 11 o'clock at night, until 6 in the morning; we break our shifts into 2 hous shifts, but it costs a lot of money when it is 30 or 40 below, so we are trying to get a break for the volunteers that are on the Citizens On Patrol," explained Guss Nash, mayor of Carbon, who has started a petition on behalf of the citiznes who patrol our streets.
There are currently 60 active Citizens on Patrol groups in Alberta. One of those groups is in Carbon.
"Volunteer firemen and volunteer search and rescue, if they put in over 200 hours in a year of volunteer time, they get a tax credit of $3000, so I was hoping to get members of Citizens on Patrol to have that same benefit," said Nash.
The local RCMP are very supportive of Citizens on Patrol, as they have become the eyes and ears for our RCMP. The Carbon Citizens on Patrol have already aided in the capture of one person who was in possession of a stolen vehicle and another who has been charged with first-degree murder.
"The rural crime now is an epidemic, it's not just Carbon, it is out in the rural community as well.Bcause of this rural crime, they need help. Citizens on Patrol need help,Rural Crime Watch, so that is what we are trying to get after here," advised Nash.
To sign the Petition and help Citizens on Patrol follow this link.