2017 Dawson Creek & District Rural Crime Watch AGM & Dinner
April 2, 2017 has been set for the 2017 AGM & Dinner at the CCA Hall in Tomslake BC. Contact Cliff Washington (250-782-4058) or Geri Demyen (250-786-5921). This AGM is always interesting, never tedious. The dinner superintended by Carol Wyant and crew is routinely fabulous. There will also be an after-dinner guest speaker.
March 4, 2017 : Crime Prevention Symposium to be hosted by Dawson Creek & District Rural Crime Watch at the Calvin Kruk Centre in Dawson Creek.
April 10, 2016: RCW AGM & Dinner
The annual Dawson Creek & District Rural Crime Watch AGM and Dinner is set for April 10, 2016 at 5:30 pm at the CCA (Cultural Community Association) Hall in Tomslake BC. The CCA Hall is the regular meeting place for the Tomslake sub-group of Dawson Creek & District Rural Crime Watch. The AGM and Dinner is an eagerly anticipated event in the RCW yearly calendar and is always well attended. Contact RCW Chair Cliff Washington or past Chair Geri Demyen for more information about the event and tickets for the dinner.
*The next regular meeting of Dawson Creek & District Rural Crime Watch is at 7:30 pm on February 18, 2016 in Room 4 of the Calvin Kruk Centre for the Performing Arts. The usual meeting time for the RCW is the 3rd Thursday of each month.
June 19, 2015: RCW Annual BBQ
The annual June Barbeque of Dawson Creek and DIstrict Rural Crime Watch members and guests was held on June 19, 2015 at the Kilkerran Hall near Dawson Creek. While the weather was not nearly as nice as it was in 2014, members and guests enjoyed barbecued hamburgers and hotdogs and many excellent pot-luck dishes provided by members. A meeting of the Dawson Creek and District RCW was held after the BBQ. Discussion included expanding RCW members’ patrols to include patrols on the water at Swan Lake.
Cliff Washington (Chair) 250-782-4058
Geri Demyen 250-786-5921
History of South Peace Rural Crime Watch
The spring of 1992 saw the formation ofthe first Rural Crime Watch in the B.C. Peace if not the first Rural Crime Watch established in the Province of B.C. During the fall and winter of 1991 meetings were held and the concept gained momentum. An executive was elected and a constitution was drafted operating under the umbrella organization of the Tomslake and District Recreation Commission. The Tomslake and District Rural Crime Watch began fundraising to purchase radios for our patrols: and signage from Alberta RCW (whom we have since become a member of). Our direction from the local RCMP was through liaison officer Cst. John Vetter who was very enthusiastic about the new program and instrumental in setting up our patrol area and other related logistical factors. Our area covers to the Block Line Rd on the North to the One Island Lake Rd in the South and we patrol into Alberta on the East as Gundy is situated on both sides of the BC/Alberta Border. Our membership is approximately 55 households with most participants performing patrols throughout the year. Early executive members were, Bruno and Cora Pohl, Art Seidl, Harry Fister, Eric Schindler, Boyd Christianson, Ingrid David, Joyce Derow. Encouraging statistics from our first year of operation showed a reduction in rural crime in our area by 42 percent (as reported by Cst. John Vetter). If our presence was significant in reducing some of the crime then our efforts are worthwhile.
The success of the Tomslake and District Rural Watch prompted the formation of the Dawson Creek District Rural Crime Watch under the guidance of Cst. John Vetter and six areas organized comprising of: Cutbank, Doe River, Kilkerran, South Dawson, Pouce Coupe and Tomslake. A new radio system was purchased with the assistance of Peace Country Maintenance to service our area. A call out system located at the local RCMP Detachment enabled all members to receive up to date information relating to criminal activity taking place as well as assisting local RCMP in solving crime with potential tips and related information. Different methods of scheduling patrols have been adopted by each of the six patrol areas. An al’ea patrol coordinator keeps records and patrols active as well as local executives. The main body of the Dawson Creek District RCW is governed by an elected executive as well as directors from the respective areas. Fundraising is done through the South Peace Crime Prevention Association with participation from three Crime Prevention Branches (Rural Crime Watch, Vandal Watch, Crime Stoppers). Over the past 21 years thousands of kilometers have been logged and countless hours spent on Crime Prevention. All costs incurred for the patrols are borne by the patrol members. Attempts have been made to obtain charity status in which tax receipts could be issued however we have been unsuccessful thus far.
Our patrols are not only limited to crime prevention but incorporate senior alert (keeping a mindful watch on seniors living alone), range patrol (within the community), as well as general observations of the wellbeing of area citizens day and night. Over the years we have had several RCMP Liaison Officers including Cst. John Vetter, Cst. Chris Noble, Cst. Geri Demyen, Cst. Russ Greer, Cst. Monica Schimanke, Cst. Grant Desmet, Cst. Francois Veillette, Cst. Ambie Verbruggen up to our present officer, Cst. Darin Sanderson.
The only way to positively identify your horse tack is to have your B.C. or Alberta drivers license marked on it. See photos for a sample of drivers license stamped onto a saddle. Drivers license numbers are placed on your saddle in two locations, both of which are very difficult/impossible to remove. Other pieces of tack (i.e. bridles, breast plate, morton gates, leather halters) get one marking. The cost is $2.00 per item of tack. Rural Crime Watch usually does a large group once a year. If you have several pieces yourself, we can mark your tack. If you want us to mark your tack, contact either Carl Crantz at 250-782-3639 or Geri Demyen at 250-786-5921.