Representatives from the South Peace District Crime Prevention Association and the Dawson Creek & District Rural Crime Watch are in attendance at Dawson Creek city hall Tuesday morning with an update for city council.
“There has been a great deal of attention in our community in the last several months regarding safety of our citizens and their property,” said John Vetter, Director with the South Peace District Crime Prevention Association.
“When the Chamber of Commerce held their forum on crime in the area, we attended that event and after reached out to the Chamber of Commerce, City of Dawson Creek elected officials and Regional District directors.”
Their Association, since its inception in 1993, has worked with the local RCMP detachment. The purpose of our group is to oversee the programs that come under our umbrella, provide resources, funding and fill any other needs that they may have.
“We are a local organization that helps provide “boots on the ground” to assist in reducing crime in our community, both within the City of Dawson Creek and the surrounding rural communities,” Vetter added.
“Since November we have been reorganizing the Citizens on Patrol in the city.”
Rural Crime watch covers the areas of Tomslake, East Pouce, Rolla, Doe River, Kilkerran/Bessborough and is assisting in the rebuilding of the Arras/Cutbank group.
“These groups include over 230 volunteers, they range from passive organizations that display signage in their area and provide additional “eyes and ears” to the detachment. Some of the groups actively patrol within their region and are in constant touch with the detachment members while out on their patrols.”
Art Seidl, Chairman of the Dawson Creek & District Rural Crime Watch was also in attendance.