The Citizens' Patrol had its beginnings in May of 1984 when Chief Constable Jim Stewart of the Matsqui Police Department authorized the implementation of the Matsqui Citizens' Patrol.
The intent of a Citizens' Patrol was to provide citizens with an opportunity to act as extra eyes and ears for the Police in protecting the Community. The Matsqui Citizens’ Patrol proudly served until January 1, 1995 when the Municipalities of Matsqui and Abbotsford amalgamated to be called the City of Abbotsford and the name of the Citizens' Patrol changed to Abbotsford.
The Matsqui Citizens' Patrol was distinguished early in its beginnings with saving the life of an extremely intoxicated young male who was found submerged in a body of water at a construction site. The volunteers were checking for thieves stealing construction material when they noticed the youth and quickly removed him from the water. Emergency services were summoned to the scene and the youth was rushed to the local hospital where the attending physician and medical staff struggled to save his life. Everyone's efforts were not in vain and the young person survived. The attending physician noted in the final medical reports that had the Citizens' Patrol not noticed the youth, he would have certainly perished.
The Abbotsford Citizens' Patrol has grown over the years to become a highly technical and sophisticated organization. By 2007, the program had grown to 100 members. These volunteers patrolled 70,000+ km, given 11,000+ hours, and checked 631,00+ vehicles on the ICBC Stolen Auto Recovery database. The volunteers of the Citizens' Patrol Program have successfully recovered 83+ stolen vehicles and 33+ stolen licence plates. They have also completed 6,100+ audits on vehicles in parking lots to educate the public on Locking out Auto Crime. Abbotsford Citizens' Patrol has a fleet of five vehicles and six bicycles to use for their many patrols.
What Do We Do?
Abbotsford Citizens' Patrol volunteers perform many tasks. They can include:
- Bike Patrols
- Foot Patrols
- Park Patrols
- Vehicle Patrols
- Lock Out Auto Crime
- Residential Vacation Checks
- Special Events
- Stolen Auto Recovery
There have been times that the volunteers are called out to assist with emergency evacuations, deliver crime prevention and emergency evacuation notices, as well as other duties to assist the Abbotsford Police Department.
Become a Citizen on Patrol
Citizens' Patrol is a team of highly trained volunteers who enhance vital crime prevention services and community awareness through proactive law enforcement principles.
Citizens' Patrol members do not take enforcement action, carry weapons or make arrests. All suspicious activity is reported to the Police Department by radio equipped patrol vehicles and a dispatch center.
Citizens' Patrol volunteers are considered Community Policing Volunteers and as such, must adhere to a Criminal Records Search and a driver's abstract check.
The Citizens' Patrol volunteer will receive training in the following areas:
- Orientation and organization
- Crime prevention
- Patrol procedures
- other training as developed
- Attend monthly Citizens’ Patrol meeting
- Volunteer a minimum of 10 hours per month
- Adhere to Department and Program Policy
- Maintain Police Clearance
- Valid BC Drivers License
- Nineteen years of age or older
- Good moral character
- No criminal record
- Be a licenced driver in BC
- Good driving record
Why Become a Volunteer
- To contribute to the positive communication between your community and law enforcement
- To assist in controlling, reducing, and preventing crime in Abbotsford
- To meet new people in varied settings
- To gain valuable work experience
- To offer your area of professional expertise
To join our team, complete the Volunteer Application Form and drop it by our office located at the Community Policing Office.
Citizens' Patrol can be contacted as follows: