Airdrie, Alberta- Last weekend, on the evening of Friday September 16, 2016, and Saturday, September 17, 2016, Airdrie hosted the annual Alberta Citizens on Patrol Association (A.C.O.P.A) workshop and Annual General Meeting at the Town and Country. This is Airdrie’s second time hosting the event, which brought 174 registered participants and members of Citizens on Patrol who came all the way from Prince Edward Island to British Columbia. The RCMP had 17 officers from around the province attend as well, 2 of which are looking to introduce A.C.O.P.A to their posted communities. Speakers on Friday night included Airdrie’s Mayor, his Worship Peter Brown, A.C.O.P.A President Bev Salomons, MLA Calgary-MacKay- North Hill Karen McPerson, the RCMP’s Assistant Commissioner of Criminal Operations Officer ‘K’ Division Marlin Degrand, and Airdrie RCMP’s Officer In Charge, Inspector Gordon Sage.
The two day event also marks Airdrie’s own Citizens on Patrol’s 20th Anniversary for the formation of the group. There were presentations given by RCMP specialized Units such as Crime and Social media, Internet Child Exploitation, Operation Control Centre, Emergency Response Team, and many more. The event was concluded with a dinner and silent auction.
Citizens on Patrol is a volunteer based organization, which consists of 1300 members in Alberta alone. In 2016, 19 new groups have formed in Alberta’s communities, and are all eager to help A.C.O.P.A’s mission statement to ‘Build safer communities by mobilizing citizens throughout Alberta to participate in a community based crime prevention initiative in co-operation with their local law enforcement agencies’.
Anyone interested in joining Citizens on Patrol should visit their website at www.acopa.com.