The Citizens on Patrol Program was developed in 1999 to help reduce crimes of vandalism and theft in the RM of Springfield. It has grown into a successful program of dedicated, professional volunteers who patrol their neighborhoods, working closely with local police in deterring criminal activity and keeping the community safe!
Bordering Winnipeg, the Rural Municipality of Springfield offers the best of both worlds. Peaceful country living and the convenience of a large city like Winnipeg. Communities within the RM of Springfield include Anola, Cooks Creek, Dugald, Hazelridge and Oakbank.
The COPP is organized with the assistance of the Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation, RCMP Oakbank and the Springfield Police Service.
Questions/comments or thinking of joining us? Contact us now!
The COPP Program
COPP assist local police by being an extra set of eyes and ears patrolling their neighborhoods, and reporting any suspicious activities to the police. COPP does not make arrests or become directly involved in any incidents. Their duty is to patrol and report information to the local police agencies, thereby not putting themselves or the public at risk.
- Volunteers receive ongoing training and are paired with experienced members
- COPP members always patrol in groups of two or more
- Patrols can be made on foot, by car or bicycle
- All suspicious activities are reported directly to local police
- Patrol shifts are designed to be convenient for the volunteers and their availability
- Members during patrols wear highly reflective vests identifying them as COPP
- Members carry a cell phone, flashlight, notebook and basic safety equipment
- Members must be 18 years of age or older and supply a criminal background clearance check
Benefits to the Community
Your community benefits from the COPP in many ways:
- The quality of life is improved by police and citizens working together to prevent crime
- Crime is deterred by the knowledge the program is operating and effective in your community
- Community Safety is improved through deterrence, education and awareness
- The volunteers of COPP are the reason for its success
- Volunteers have numerous accomplishments in deterring and interrupting criminal activity, working cooperatively with RCMP and local police
Meetings are held the last Thursday of every month at 7:30 pm at the Springfield Fire Hall, located at 62091 Hwy 206, just south of Oakbank.
All interested parties may attend.
Coordinator, Springfield COPP
(204) 981-9060 or (204) 444-5707