It's been a great start for Carbon's Citizens on Patrol (C.O.P.) Program.
The group was formed in September of 2017 after the village north west of Drumheller was hit numerous times by thieves and break-in artists.
"The thing that catapulted us into action was watching our store owner sleep in his store in a chair," stated Cheryl Cornelius, the new president of Carbon C.O.P. "He got broke into so many times in a row, like three or four times, he ended up sleeping in his store because he was waiting for a new door. We just decided enough was enough."
Since then, crime in the village has plummeted, something that Cornelius and other C.O.P. members are understandably proud of.
"Our (RCMP) liaison officer comes up every month and he said 90 per cent crime is down," she reported. "They know the (Drumheller) RCMP are such a distance away; this way, they see us sitting there and they're like, hmmm, what's that all about?"
Right now, the membership sits at about 23, but Cornelius noted they've lost a few members for one reason or another and would like to recruit more before winter.
"We don't expect people that are 75 or 80 years old to be out there sitting in their vehicles at night," she said. "We don't expect people that are sitting at home with little ones to be out there in their vehicle in the middle of the night, but there are those of us who are somewhere in the middle."
Prospective C.O.P. members must get clearance from the RCMP, after which they will be trained for the job. For more information, contact any Carbon member, including Cheryl Cornelius at 403-334-3437.