Gateway Gazette

High River Policing Committee Hosting Open House

 

HIGH RIVER, AB: The High River Policing Committee is hosting an open house on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Culture Centre (251 9 Avenue S.W.). Residents are invited to provide input on what priorities they think the RCMP should focus on for 2015.

“This is a chance for residents to meet the members of the Policing Committee and learn how they support the community,” said Patrick Webb, special advisor to Community Services for the Town.

The Policing Committee is made up of High River residents, members of the RCMP, and Town of High River Bylaw Services. The overall objectives of the committee are to act as a liaison between Town Council, the RCMP detachment and the citizens of High River to foster the creation of a safe and secure community.

“The Policing Committee is also interested in learning if there is any public interest in restarting a Citizens on Patrol (COP) organization in High River,” says Webb.

The main goal of Citizens on Patrol is to act as the extended eyes and ears of the local law enforcement agencies. This is achieved through observation, documentation and reporting of any suspicious activity as observed through patrolling by vehicle, on foot, by bicycle or other means. Citizen on Patrol members are educated about crime prevention and community safety and are trained in using safe practices at all times.

Any residents interested in recreating a Citizens on Patrol group for High River are encouraged to attend the open house and provide their thoughts. If there is sufficient interest, additional organizational meetings will be planned.

 

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