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SOUTH PEACE DISTRICT CRIME PREVENTION ASSOCIATION is a registered non-profit British Columbia Society and a member of the BC Crime Prevention Association.  The SPDCPA is also a non-voting member of the Alberta Provincial Rural Crime Watch Association with close working ties with Zone 3 of that Association.

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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 has 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 years 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.

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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.

Lobsterfest 2022.

Thanks to all the volunteers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Volunteers set up the South Peace District Crime Prevention Association 2014 Christmas Gift Wrapping.

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 potluck 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!

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S/Sgt. Marcel Guilbault presents a plaque of appreciation from the Dawson Creek RCMP Detachment to Garth Makepeace of South Peace District Crime Prevention Association at the SPDCPA Volunteer Appreciation Dinner November 26,2016 for the volunteer efforts of SPDCPA members in crime prevention in Dawson Creek and surrounding rural areas.

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Judy McGowan and the Potluck & Basement Singers entertain at the SPDCPA Volunteer Appreciation Dinner November 26, 2016, at the Calvin Kruk Centre in Dawson Creek

 

 

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A “surprise” visits by Santa this year at the SPDCPA Volunteer Appreciation Dinner 2016

South Peace District Crime Prevention Association Volunteers Provide Safe Ride Home Service for Patrons of The South Peace Oilmen’s Association’s LOBSTERFEST 2016.

Lobsterfest 2022.

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.

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Christmas 2015 Gift Wrap Fundraiser

 

SPDCPA Christmas Gift Wrap at Dawson Mall 2015

SPDCPA Christmas Gift Wrap at Dawson Mall 2015

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.

Volunteers of South Peace District Crime Prevention Association and guests enjoy food and fellowship at the 2015 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner November 28 at the Calvin Cruk Centre

Volunteers of South Peace District Crime Prevention Association and guests enjoy food and fellowship at the 2015 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner November 28 at the Calvin Kruk Centre

 


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 endeavors.

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.

 

This year SPDCPA Chairperson Art Seidl presented bursaries to Casey Patterson JUNE 2022

Crime Prevention in the Peace Region

 

Crime is an issue that is deeply rooted in this community, and the solutions to it are not as surface level as most think. To prevent crime in Dawson Creek, it is important to implement things that prevent crime at its core such as social services for youth in Dawson Creek, consistency in discipline from law enforcement so that citizens refrain from doing crime, and better education for all those living in Dawson Creek.

To counter crime, it is essential to attack it at the core. The main cause in crime is social standing, meaning that it is important to give youth more social outlets in order to keep them connected with the community. This can include community centers that are secure and include activities that teenagers and young adults can enjoy with people who are older, so that they can look up to someone in their community. It is also important to work with counsellors and therapists with all teenagers so that they can remain mentally healthy. Secondly, discipline must be consistent every time a crime is committed. To help with this, higher quality surveillance in public areas would help law enforcement to identify individuals who are committing crimes. This will also help them to find and punish the criminal quicker and more efficiently, thus creating an incentive to follow the law for all citizens. Thirdly, education is very important for everyone to understand why people commit crimes. It would be beneficial for there to be more options for law classes for high school students so they can understand the consequences of committing crimes better so they can make better decisions. It would also be beneficial for police officers to take social work courses so they can protect and remain in good standing with the community.

In conclusion, it is important to prevent crime by attacking it at the roots. Social services for youth would keep them connected with the community. Consistent discipline must be achieved so the community understand how important it is not to commit crimes. Education is extremely valuable in order for the community to understand why they should follow the law. Crime can be prevented, and while the solutions may be complex. I know that Dawson Creek can achieve a lower crime rate with these measures.