SOUTH PEACE DISTRICT CRIME PREVENTION ASSOCIATION
South Peace District Crime Prevention Association (SPDCPA) is a nonprofit organization. Every year SPDCPA AGM for Directors. SPDCPA Annual general meeting is held around June to select the directors (10). See the list of current Directors on the “Directors'” page.
SOUTH PEACE DISTRICT CRIME PREVENTION ASSOCIATION and the approximately 300 members of Citizens on Patrol and the various Rural Crime Watch locals in and around the City of Dawson Creek area 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.
Membership in Rural Crime Watch and the Citizens on Patrol are subgroups of SPDCPA. SPDCPA is been going strong with significant increase of COP membership. Any funding raised by SPDCPA (funds are used for COP and RCW for activities and expenses).
RURAL CRIME WATCH SYMPOSIUM
RCW Symposium was started in 2018. What has become an annual tradition every year until two year ago with COVID-19. We are hoping to get back up and running next year in 2023. The RCW member groups of SPDCPA hosted a meeting of Zone 3 members of the ALBERTA PROVINCIAL RURAL CRIME Association in the morning 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 the SPDCPA members and invite the public for the afternoon presentation/seminar.
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 (COP) 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 COP) in a very short time.
Safe Ride Home At Lobsterfest
The South Peace Oilmen’s Association hosts Lobsterfest at the Ovintiv 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 Ovintiv 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.
We had very successful evening. Thanks to South Peace Oilmen’s Association and the volunteers to make great night.
Christmas 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. 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.
Christmas 2014 Volunteer Gift Wrapping At Dawson Creek Mall
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.
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 Division” 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 24, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. at the Cultural Community Association (the “CCA”) Hall at Tomslake. $15.00 A plate. 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
Christmas 2015 Gift Wrap Fundraiser
2015 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner At The Calvin Kruk 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 to deserving student graduating from Dawson Creek Secondary School and going to various post-secondary endeavours.
South Peace District Crime Prevention Association offers one of the 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.
Casey Patterson JUNE 2022
Crime Prevention in the Peace Region
Proactive crime prevention begins with youth. Upcoming generations set the precedent for years to come, therefore it is important to prioritize crime prevention strategies in youth. By encouraging a culture of community engagement and mental health initiatives, at-risk youth have access to resources available to aid them on their journey to success.
Crime in youth is the product of desperation. Whether it is a cry for help or acted out of necessity it is always preventable. In order to provide support for at-risk youth, it is important that resources are made readily available. Within each community, there is a need for healthy alternatives that are properly implemented and publicly featured. By integrating adolescent programs such as athletic and volunteer initiatives into criminal justice strategies, youth are provided with a sense of community and subsequently a support system. For example in Dawson Creek, our local Reconnect Program is a great opportunity to help at risk youth find connections with their community, school and family. Not every child has access to opportunities for engagement. Unjust social barriers such as race and class restrict opportunity and therefore merit more concentrated attention. As a community, it is impotiant to acknowledge the need for youth-serving organizations that recognize and respond to the social reproduction needs, particularly in vulnerable youth populations. By engaging difficult to reach groups, social objectives such as justice, inclusion and equality are achieved. As a result, at-risk youth have the opportunity to develop personal positive developmental outcomes including, valuable life skills, positive attitudes, and employability.
When time and resources are invested in vulnerable youth as a community, a safer, more successful society is the end result.
Youth mental health is a serious health issue that has implications in the field of youth crime prevention. The stigma surrounding mental health restricts opportunities for support and has lasting negative impacts. The Mental Health Commission of Canada reports that 70% of people suffering from mental health illnesses have their onset during the years of childhood and adolescence (MHCC, 2015) and that the early onset of mental health issues has lifelong consequences. A Canadian Community Health Survey found that the likelihood of youth, ages fifteen to twenty-four, coming into contact with the police because of a mental or substance use disorder is significantly higher than for those aged 45 and above (Boyce, 2015). When mental health is prioritized in our local community, crime prevention is prioritized. Over the course of my three-year high school experience, I have had the opportunity to engage in one mental health seminar that was limited to select students. While the stigma surrounding mental health is gradually improving, there needs to be an increase in mental health resources, especially among youth.
Mental health seminars shouldn’t be restricted to select students when the objective is to emphasize the importance of emotional and mental health. As a community, it is important to provide and advertise abundant opportunities of support, through youth mental health initiatives.
Conclusively, crime prevention begins with youth. By acknowledging the importance of community engagement and promoting positive mental health initiatives, as a community we can take the first steps to encourage a safer environment for everyone. By shifting the focus to youth community engagement and available outreach opportunities, the societal result is a positive take on crime prevention.