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Snowmobile Trail Officers Program (STOP)

Snowmobile Trail Officers ProgramDuring the winter of 1991-1992, a rash of snow vehicle fatalities promoted the formation of a committee, The Mayor's and Citizens Task Force on Snowmobiling, in an attempt to deal with the issues and causes of these fatalities. From this committee came a proposal to empower citizens and volunteers with Special Constable Powers to assist the local police services to enforce the Motorized Snow Vehicles Act.

A pilot project called STOP was developed by both local police services (OPP and Sudbury Regional), with the Sudbury Trail Plan Association as the third partner in their venture.

Fourteen volunteers were selected and trained by personnel from both services in areas of powers of arrest, the Motorized Snow Vehicles Act, the Provincial Offences Act, Discipline, evidence, conduct with the public, first officer at the scene of accidents, and drinking and driving offences. Once they were done training, they were sworn in as special constables. These members of the community are all volunteers and receive no remuneration for their time. The equipment they use is their own, and they have been issued special snowmobile suits with crests and identification that identify them as STOP officers.

 

Photo Gallery: STOP will appear here on the public site.