INSPIRED - Members representing the Lacombe Community Watch and Lacombe Police Service stand together proudly

INSPIRED - Members representing the Lacombe Community Watch and Lacombe Police Service stand together proudly

Community Watch and LPS working together for a safer Lacombe

Local crime prevention and watch groups are teaming up with support of LPS

  • Apr. 6, 2017 3:00 p.m.

BY KALISHA MENDONSA

Lacombe Express

In order to facilitate a safer community for all, local crime prevention and watch groups are teaming up with the support of the Lacombe Police Service (LPS), so all can offer the best services possible.

Lacombe’s Block Parent, Citizens on Patrol (COPs) and Neighbourhood Watch groups have already formed a strong relationship with one another under the umbrella group of the Lacombe Community Watch Association (LCWA).

Right now, the groups are seeking community involvement and are hoping to bring up their volunteer numbers.

To help build up the support for the groups in the community, LPS is getting on board to help the group grow and to ultimately create a safer Lacombe for all.

LPS Chief Lorne Blumhagen said this is a perfect example of how police support the community and how the community can work to support the police.

“There is a partnership there. It goes back to basic principles of policing, where the police are the community and the community are the police. We have to have a working relationship and open communication to look after our community,” Blumhagen said.

“I think every citizen has some responsibility to ensure their streets and neighbourhoods are safe, and that they are reporting crimes or working with the police to report suspicious activity. That includes things that are impacting them personally, but also looking out for their neighbours, or something that could be a detriment to the community as a whole.”

Blumhagen said LPS is eager to support volunteer groups within the community, but more importantly, to look at the bigger picture of safe communities.

He said in order to facilitate a safe community, all citizens have to work together in reporting, preventing and acknowledging crime in their neighbourhoods.

Const. Vaughan Bleasdale has been working alongside the Lacombe Community Watch Association since its inception. His role is to coordinate among patrollers at night and to liaison with group members to keep them aware of any potential situations they could assist in, and to keep them safe and knowing their boundaries.

This is one example of the Lacombe Police’s involvement, and how they are supporting the growth of these groups.

Debbi Gallant, president of the Lacombe Community Watch Association, said the development of these groups has been great within the City and she is excited to see support grow.

“We are a relatively new initiative in Lacombe, and are working to develop our relationship with LPS. They have been amazing. They’ve been incredibly supportive of us and our board, in working together to create and maintain a vision of a safer community in Lacombe,” Gallant said.

She said it is imperative the community knows that the role of the Lacombe Community Watch Association is void of vigilantism.

She said it is absolutely against what they stand for. The groups are simply meant to be aware of their communities and to pass any relevant information onto the police so issues may be dealt with safely and appropriately.

She said the groups, especially Citizens on Patrol, take cues from the police and are under the police direction as they assist in night time patrols.

“A large part of the LPS investment is offering information, support and wisdom about how to handle certain issues. They don’t want us to get into trouble or anything, but we are just trying to act as extra eyes and ears for the police. We have an amazing relationship with them, and we’re very thankful for that,” Gallant said.

All members of the Lacombe Community Watch Association board are also Neighbourhood Watch and Block Parent associates.

However, a person can join any of the three groups Citizens on Patrol, Neighbourhood Watch or Block Parent without necessarily having to be a part of the others.

However, all of the groups work in harmony with one another and align in moral perspectives, and with the overall goal of creating a safer community for all.

Thelma Ten Hove, Neighbourhood Watch coordinator, said the program has been under development and the group has decided to keep their involvement simple.

She said it is a small commitment to make that can ultimately create a big impact in our community.

“Neighbourhood Watch is about people getting to know their neighbours so<span class="Apple-co

Just Posted

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney arrives at the 2021 budget in Edmonton on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta launches COVID vaccine lottery with million-dollar prizes to encourage uptake

The premier says the lottery will offer three prizes worth $1 million a piece, as well as other prizes

The City of Red Deer sits at 249 active cases of the virus, after hitting a peak of 565 active cases on Feb. 22. (Black Press file image)
Red Deer down to 119 active COVID-19 cases

Province identifies 179 new cases Saturday

Member Terry Parsons’ custom built track vehicle.
Forestburg’s Area 53 Racetrack gears up for action-packed season

Site will also host a portion of the ‘Miles of Mayhem’ event in July

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

“They will never be forgotten, every child matters,” says Sioux Valley Chief Jennifer Bone in a video statement June 1. (Screen grab)
104 ‘potential graves’ detected at site of former residential school in Manitoba

Sioux Valley Dakota Nation working to identify, repatriate students buried near former Brandon residential school

Denmark’s Christian Eriksen receives medical attention after collapsing during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group B match between Denmark and Finland at Parken stadium in Copenhagen, Saturday, June 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, Pool)
Christian Eriksen in stable condition, Euro 2020 match resumes

Eriksen was given chest compressions after collapsing on the field during a European Championship

As stories of the horrors of residential schools circulate after the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation announced it had located what are believed to be the remains of 215 children, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs said he feels a connection with the former students. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
2 sides of the same coin: Ex-foster kids identify with residential school survivors

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip says the child welfare system takes Indigenous children from their families

Airport ground crew offload a plane carrying just under 300,000 doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine which is developed by the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies at Pearson International Airport during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
1st batch of Johnson & Johnson vaccines won’t be released in Canada over quality concerns

The vaccines were quarantined in April before they were distributed to provinces

Most Read