Hope’s Crime Prevention Society gets new president, seeks new membership

Hans Jeschek has stepped in as the organization’s president, taking over for Eldon Tidball

The Hope Crime Prevention Society (HCP) wishes to congratulate and give a large welcome to long-time resident, Hans Jeschek, who’s stepped in as the organization’s president, taking over for Eldon Tidball.

The HCP is an integrated team of citizens and police who are dedicated to preventing crime through the administration of other community groups, such as Citizens on Patrol, and Crime-Free Multi Housing.

In Hope, Citizens on Patrol (COP) is a dedicated group of individuals who volunteer their time to trawl the streets in a vehicle—graciously donated by Bud Gardner of Gardner G.M.—while keeping an eye out for anything that may require police presence.

The duties of a COP member include looking out for suspicious activity that may lead to vandalism, physical injury to others, break and enters, and other forms of property damage. And although members are never to exit the vehicle, they are are the eyes and ears for the RCMP when witnessing criminal behaviour.

Routes and times of patrols are kept confidential, but the RCMP is always fully aware of COP, and their activities in the community. When patrolling, the vehicle in use has a magnetic sign on the side to indicate who they are, and members also wear identification lanyards around their necks.

Citizens on Patrol is looking for new recruits so they can continue to make an effective contribution to the community. Excited and optimistic that Hope has plenty of people who want to make a difference, Citizens on Patrol encourages any interested person to fill out an application and submit it along with a volunteer criminal record check, which is free.


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