After a well-attended presentation on Tuesday, it looks like Cold Lake will have its own Citizens on Patrol group forming.
“It was a great turnout; probably about seventy five people,” says Mayor Craig Copeland. “The president of the association gave a great presentation teaching everybody what you can and can’t do. From that there’s already a Cold Lake Chapter that’s standing up with members and moving ahead.
“I hear there’s already about two thousand people on the Cold Lake Chapter’s [Facebook page.] They’ve already established a president and vice-president so they’ll be looking for members to sign on and take the course. The more eyes you can have out there on the street in your community the better we all are.”
With the wheels in motion now, the Cold Lake RCMP will assign an officer as a liaison between the group and police.
“There will have to be some procedures put in place,” adds Copeland. “The RCMP will obviously have to know when the citizens are on patrol and everybody’s got to know what everybody’s doing.
“It’s got a lot of momentum and I think it’s going to be fantastic. Our council is supportive of the initiative. I think the business community and people in the MD of Bonnyville and the City of Cold Lake are going to be enthusiastically behind this group.”