Cornwall Police Service

Paws on patrol

The Cornwall Police Service (CPS) is pleased to launch a new “neighbourhood watch” inspired program called “Paws on Patrol.”

Paws on Patrol is a community-based program that encourages dog walkers to be the eyes and ears of our neighbourhoods in an ongoing effort to prevent crime.

Many residents of Cornwall walk their dogs daily. By having these volunteers assist the CPS through keeping an eye out for suspicious or criminal activity, our police service can better assist and serve the public, while creating safer neighbourhoods.

Similar to the Neighbourhood Watch program, Paws on Patrol gives volunteers the ability to become more familiar with their neighbourhoods and recognize when something appears to be suspicious. While out during their regular walks with their four-legged friend, if they notice anything out of the ordinary or suspicious, they will have a direct line to police to report their findings.

“We are eager to see the launch of the Paws on Patrol program as a way to create safer neighbourhoods, while actively engaging residents,” said Sergeant Scott Coulter of the Crime Reduction & Community Partnerships Bureau. “This program demonstrates the importance of community mobilization and the need for police and the community to work together to prevent crime.”


  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age
  • Be physically and mentally able to perform the duties
  • Must be of good moral character and habits
  • Have no criminal conviction(s) for which a pardon has not been granted
  • Volunteers should be active dog walkers and be willing to volunteer at least 5 hours per month towards the program


Anyone interested in joining as a Paws on Patrol Program Volunteer can submit their interest on our website using the application below. All volunteers will be required to complete a Police Record Check and undergo a training program as an introduction to Paws on Patrol.

While we thank all volunteers for their interest in the program, unfortunately space is limited. 

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Thank you for your interest in joining the Paws on Patrol Program. Please submit your application below. You will be contacted should you be selected to move forward in the application process. 

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