SOUTH PEACE DISTRICT CRIME PREVENTION ASSOCIATION and the approximately 300 members of Citizens on Patrol and the various Rural Crime Watch locals around the City of Dawson Creek continues to function during these trying COVID-19 times. The SPDCPA AGM was held October 6, 2020. The “Directors” tab here has been updated accordingly.
SOUTH PEACE DISTRICT CRIME PREVENTION ASSOCIATION Annual General Meeting for 2019
The SPDCPA Annual General Meeting for 2019 was held on June 5, 2019 at the meeting room at Sam’s Friends Restaurant in Dawson Creek. The meeting was well attended. Directors (10) were elected. See the “Directors” page for the names of our current Directors. Membership in RCW and COPS subgroups of SPDCPA is strong, this year with a significant increase in COPS membership. Funding for SPDCPA (funds are used for COPS and RCW activities and expenses) is in good shape.
RURAL CRIME WATCH Symposium 2019
In what has become an annual tradition, the RCW member groups of SPDCPA hosted a meeting of Zone 3 members of the ALBERTA PROVINCIAL RURAL CRIME WATCH ASSOCIATION on Saturday morning April 13, 2019 at the Calvin Kruk Centre in Dawson Creek. A number of SPDCPA (RCW) members regularly attend and participate in Zone 3 APRCWA meetings which are usually held in Rycroft Alberta.
In the afternoon of Saturday April 13, 2019, SPDCPA members and members of the public attending were treated to an excellent and engaging presentation/seminar by Crown Counsel Tamara Golinsky and RCMP Cst. Brandie Guzyk on the new federal law regarding marijuana. Issues discussed included use, possession and cultivation: what the law is / what it is not / the challenges of enforcement.
PEACE RIVER REGIONAL DISTRICT funds One-Call-Now phone fan out for SPDCPA members
To reach our over 300 member numbers with information and alerts, SPDCPA uses the One Call Now phone fan out system. RCMP members for Dawson Creek are also able to use our system to rapidly get alerts and requests for information to our many members in the City (COPS) and in the rural areas of the Peace River Regional District.
SPDCPA is grateful for the financial assistance from the Peace River Regional District to fund the expense of the One-Call-Now system. This call out / fan out system is efficient and can reach a very large number of people (the members of the subgroups — various local area RCW groups and COPS) in a very short time.
Notice of SOUTH PEACE DISTRICT CRIME PREVENTION ASSOCIATION Annual General Meeting for 2018. [Posted April 30, 2018]
The SPDCPA Annual General Meeting is set for June 6, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the meeting room attached to Sam’s Friends Restaurant in the Inn of the Creek. Light refreshments will be available to those attending beginning at 6 p.m. with the Annual General Meeting to commence at 7 p.m. Interested public are welcome to attend this function.
The South Peace District Crime Prevention Association is the umbrella group for various Rural Crime Watch organizations in the South Peace area of British Columbia, for (Dawson Creek) Citizens of Patrol, Speed Watch and a delegate from CrimeStoppers Northeast BC.
Safe Ride Home 2018 at Lobsterfest: May 12, 2018
On Saturday May 12, 2018, the South Peace Oilmen’s Association hosts Lobsterfest for 2018 at the Encana Events Centre in Dawson Creek. Volunteers from South Peace District Crime Prevention Association’s member groups (the various Rural Crime Watch groups and Citizen’s On Patrol members) will again provide “Safe Ride Home” service to those who need to get home safely and are pleased to have their vehicles in their yards or driveways in the morning when they wake up for the day following this well attended and very enjoyable event.
SPDCPA will have a table by the Exit to the event, staffed by volunteers who will drive you in your vehicle to your home. Other volunteers will follow along to bring those drivers back to the Encana Events Centre to safely convey others and their vehicles home at the end of the event.
“Safe Ride Home” is a service for which the South Peace Oilmen’s Association provides a generous and much appreciated donation to the South Peace District Crime Prevention Association. There is no charge to patrons of Lobsterfest but donations, if offered, are gratefully accepted by the volunteers.
Dawson Creek & District Rural Crime Watch Symposium and Zone 3 Alberta Provincial Crime Watch Association meeting
The Rural Crime Watch groups of the South Peace hosted a meeting of members of Zone 3 Alberta Provincial Crime Watch Association on the morning of April 14, 2018 at the Calvin Kruk Centre in Dawson Creek. This is the second year that Zone 3 members have come to Dawson Creek for one of their meetings. For other meetings of Zone 3 during each year, a number of members from Rural Crime Watch groups attached to South Peace District Crime Prevention Association attend at Zone 3 meetings in Rycroft Alberta.
In the afternoon of April 14, 2018, the Symposium hosted by Dawson Creek & District RCW volunteers took place. Excellent presentations on the workings of our justice system (in particular the workings of our courts and related systems) by Crown Counsel Tamera Golinsky and on the valuable work done by volunteers at RCMP Victim Services by Karen Kuenzl provided the 50 or so attendees with valuable and informative insights into these parts of our society’s overall crime prevention efforts.
Christmas 2017 Gift Wrap fundraiser at Dawson Mall
Many thanks to the volunteers from SPDCPA member groups and to some “friends of the SPDCPA” for the many hours spent wrapping Christmas Gifts at the Dawson Mall from December 17 to December 24, 2017. There were many presents nicely wrapped! The community was again generous in support of the fundraising efforts of SPDCPA volunteers.
A special acknowledgment of support goes to Ray Poppe and the folks at Secure Energy Services Inc. who generously donated $1,000.00 to our 2017 GIft Wrap fundraiser. This donation from staff at Secure Energy Services Inc. is very much appreciated and will assist in making sure we have all the supplies we need for Gift Wrap 2018!
Busy time for SPDCPA Volunteers
SPDCPA volunteers have just completed another year of assisting with security services overnights at the recently held (April 28, 29 and 30, 2017) KIWANIS Home & Garden Show in Dawson Creek.
CITIZENS ON PATROL members’ next monthly meeting is May 9, 2017 at 7 pm after everyone has voted in the Provincial election.
Our volunteers are looking forward to assisting at the SOUTH PEACE OILMEN’S ASSOCIATION’S Lobsterfest fundraising event on May 13, 2017. We appreciate being part of this wonderful evening by getting many patrons and their vehicles home safely at the end of the evening with our “SAFE RIDE HOME” program.
May 18, 2017 at 730 pm in Room 4 at the Calvin Kruk Centre is the date, time and place for the monthly DAWSON CREEK & DISTRICT RURAL CRIME WATCH meeting.
June 7, 2017 630 pm at the Calvin Kruk Centre is the date, time and location for the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the SOUTH PEACE DISTRICT CRIME PREVENTION ASSOCIATION. Light refreshments will be served. Everyone interested is welcome.
June 23, 2017 beginning at approximately 530pm and trusting no deluge this year, DAWSON CREEK & DISTRICT RURAL CRIME WATCH will again host a BBQ for members and guests at the historic Kilkerran Hall just north of Dawson Creek. A regular monthly Rural Crime Watch meeting will follow in the historic building itself around 730 pm.
March 4, 2017 SPDCPA Rural Crime Watch Symposium
Dawson Creek & District Rural Crime Watch members are hosting a crime prevention seminar on Saturday March 4, 2017 at the Calvin Kruk Centre in Dawson Creek. This Symposium is for members of South Peace District Crime Prevention Association and members of Zone 3 (Alberta Provincial Rural Crime Watch Association) Rural Crime Watch associations. Interested members of the general public are welcome to attend as well. Please contact Geri Demyen (East Pouce Rural Crime Watch) at 250-786-5921 for further information.
Christmas 2016 Volunteer Gift Wrapping at Dawson Creek Mall
Rural Crime Watch and Citizen on Patrol members of South Peace District Crime Prevention Association are again excited to be at the Dawson Creek Mall to wrap Christmas presents for local and out-of-town shoppers this Christmas season. This event which will run from set up on Sunday December 18 to approximately 3 pm on December 24, 2016 is an annual fundraising event for South Peace District Crime Prevention Association. This is a “by donation” event.
Volunteer Appreciation Dinner November 26, 2016
The South Peace District Crime Prevention Association’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner was held at the Calvin Kruk Centre for the Performing Arts Auditorium on Saturday November 26, 2016. This well attended annual event is a major social gathering for SPDCPA crime prevention volunteers. This year SPDCPA volunteers were honoured with a Certificate of Appreciation presented by S / Sgt. Marcel Ghilbault of the Dawson Creek RCMP Detachment. This dinner features a variety of most excellent pot luck dishes brought by members, a chance for volunteers to share in conversation, and — this year — enjoy entertainment by Judy McGowan and the Potluck & Basement singers and an early visit by Santa Claus himself!
South Peace District Crime Prevention Association volunteers provide Safe Ride Home service for patrons of the South Peace Oilmen’s Association’s LOBSTERFEST 2016.
On Saturday May 7, 2016 the South Peace Oilmen’s Association held its’ 2016 LOBSTERFEST fundraising event at the Curling Rink in Dawson Creek. This major event is much anticipated each year in Dawson Creek and area. The Oilmen’s Association funds many good works and provides donations to many non-profit clubs and groups that assist in the event. Approximately 500 patrons attended this always excellent evening. At the end of the evening, volunteers from South Peace District Crime Prevention Association posed for a group shot before getting very busy driving many patrons home in the patrons’ own vehicles. The volunteers work in teams with one volunteer driving patrons in their vehicles and a second volunteer following in his or her own vehicle to return the driver of the patron’s vehicle back to the Curling Rink for another trip.
Dawson Creek & District Rural Crime Watch attends Alberta Provincial Rural Crime Watch Zone 3 AGM and Symposium
On April 9, 2016 a number of Rural Crime Watch volunteers from Dawson Creek attended the AGM / Symposium of member RCW groups of Zone 3 Alberta Provincial Rural Crime Watch Association held at the Webster Hall, north of Sexsmith Alberta. Of special note for the volunteers from Dawson Creek was that the “Wise Owl” program of the Alberta Provincial Rural Crime Watch Association has been expanded with 6 members province-wide who are able to bring information and tips about crime (especially various types of fraud) to seniors’ groups. As Dawson Creek is closely tied to Zone 3 of the Alberta Association, discussions took place about having a Wise Owl presenter come to Dawson Creek to meet with senior’s groups in the future.
The “Symposium” part of the meeting featured two very topical and important presentations. The first by Gord Ellert, a Province of Alberta Ministry of Transportation Regional Traffic Safety Consultant focused on the very real and very serious consequences of “distracted driving” — especially from cell phone texting, but also such other bizarre activities such as sandwich preparation, shaving by men and by women, movie watching (all while driving!) and so on. The second presentation by Cpl McIntosh of “K Divison” of the RCMP was an eye-opening talk on the drug “fentanyl” and the havoc it is wreaking in (especially) Alberta and British Columbia society in general and the drug-use community in particular. Fentanyl has been linked to many drug-overdose deaths in the last few years and is a worrisome development in the lethality of illicit drugs being marketed by the illegal drug trade. There was an interesting discussion on why there is demand for such a lethal substance, the implications of this demand for society in general and for the enforcement community as well.
Dawson Creek & District Rural Crime Watch AGM and Dinner
The Dawson Creek & District Rural Crime Watch AGM & Dinner is set for Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the Cultural Community Association (the “CCA”) Hall at Tomslake. Contact Cliff Washington or Geri Demyen for more information on this always eagerly anticipated and well attended event.
South Peace District Crime Prevention Association volunteers attend the Alberta Provincial Rural Crime Watch Association AGM and Symposium at Hanna Alberta
On February 6 and 7, 2016, 11 members of the South Peace District Crime Prevention Association (from Dawson Creek and District Rural Crime Watch and from Citizens on Patrol) attended the Alberta Provincial Rural Crime Watch Asssociation’s 2016 AGM and Symposium, held at Hanna, Alberta. The volunteers from SPDCPA traveled with a group of Rural Crime Watch volunteers from varioius APRCWA’s Zone 3 (Grande Prairie and area) Associations on Merv’s Fun Bus. The trip from Dawson Creek to Hanna took about 11 hours each way, giving the volunteers considerable time to discuss crime prevention efforts and issues! The AGM & Symposium was well attended and had some excellent presentations on various topics related to crime prevention issues. The Hanna Rangeland RCW Association, the Drumheller & District RCW Association and the Brooks & Area RCW Association did a first-rate job in hosting and organizing the event. All those attending came away from the meeting with a renewed sense of optimism and focus for their efforts in crime prevention.
Christmas 2015 Gift Wrap Fundraiser
South Peace District Crime Prevention Association’s annual Christmas Gift Wrap was held December 16 through December 24 2015 at the Dawson Mall. Thanks to the merchants (who help us with boxes) and the Mall Manager (our location, tables and chairs were all ready for set-up on December 16). A big Peace River thank-you to all the volunteers (from Citizens on Patrol and Rural Crime Watch and a few guest wrappers!) who dedicated many hours to wrapping this year. And, last but most importantly, thank you to all those who had their presents wrapped and were most generous, even in this difficult year, with their donations. We are already looking forward to next year!
2015 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at the Calvin Cruk Centre for the Performing Arts
A highlight of the year for SPDCPA volunteers is the annual November Volunteer Appreciation Dinner where volunteers and guests get together to share food and fellowship.
2015 South Peace District Crime Prevention Association Bursaries at South Peace Secondary School
On June 16, 2015, South Peace District Crime Prevention Association was one of many donors to present a bursary or bursaries to deserving students graduating from Dawson Creek Secondary School and going to various post-secondary endeavors.
South Peace District Crime Prevention Association offers one or more bursaries of $500 to students who as part of their application write a 300-500 word essay on the general theme of crime prevention. Innovative ideas and initiatives are looked for by the selection committee.
This year SPDCPA Chairperson Garth O. Makepeace presented bursaries to Taylor Sutherland and Rebecca Hender.