Crime in Our Community
At the Village’s request, Cst Sarah Nakonechny of the RCMP, addressed Council re: the Citizens On Patrol Program (COPP). She outlined the COPP at Metinota and how, as a community initiative, the residents of Metinota organized and operate the program. She emphasized that COPP is not an RCMP program but a community sponsored program. However, she did offer to attend an informational meeting and, with a Power Point presentation, provide an over-view of the program. She also offered to offer more detailed explanation in the form of a training session – provided that there is sufficient interest and person power to successfully operate such a program. We will communicate further once we have devised a process to “get things going”.
Cst Nakonechny also spoke about the Porch Light Program. Essentially it calls on all residents to install “dusk to dawn” porch and other lights on and at their property. She pointed out that darkness is the ally of the criminal and light is an ally of the police and residents. Council recommends that all residents support this concept as soon as possible. LED lights are expensive but the cost of operation is relatively low.
Finally, Cst Nakonechny spoke about a “text tree” which would allow those interested to send a text message to a number of people concerning “suspicious” activity so that all may be on the alert. We will communicate further once we have devised a process to get this concept in place.
Following is an email from Inspector Sutherland which was sent in response to an enquiry by Doug Harder – also attached.
The issue of crime in our community is high in the minds of all members of Council and in the minds of most, if not all, of our residents. It is an issue which we will actively “work on”.
From: John (CI) SUTHERLAND
To: Herb Cox; Resort Village of Cochin (cochinadmin@saskteI.net); firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: RE: Response to letter from Mr. Harder
Date: December-02-16 7:57:39 AM
Letter from Doug Harder RECEIVED 2016-11-30 1.pdf
I am writing to update you on the attached letter from Mr. Harder and the concerns he has raised in regards to crime. I will be contacting Mr. Harder direct to discuss his letter.
As the amalgamation and restructuring of the Battlefords Detachment continues, recognizing the rise in rural crime rates and the frustration of the public, one of the significant steps that we look was to reschedule the rural members to eliminate the on call periods and to have members on the road 24 X 7.
In addition recognizing there are issues that influence crime which transcend the Municipal and Rural borders of our Detachment a priority for the Battlefords Detachment this year is to extend our service delivery, and in particular our ability to deliver education and information to the public through a unified approach to addressing not only crime but also social issues that influence crime. The police cannot solve these issues alone and the Battlefords Detachment continues to work closely with our policing partners to develop a collaborative approach to addressing crime and social addictions issues.
In order to accomplish this our Detachment is in the final steps of creating a Community Policing Support Team and with this unit we will be knitting together our response for addressing crime in both the Rural and Municipal areas that we police.
This unit will be comprised of three regular members and a civilian Community Program Officer with a primary focus on;
a) Providing support to the regular members as they deliver crimewatch, crimestopper and community safety lectures and Information. Rural crime watch will continue to be a focus of the Detachment and we will see more initiatives such as the Meota citizens on patrol unfold this year.
b) Ensuring the public is aware of programs such as those noted above and the successes of their participation in addressing / reducing / preventing crime which has contributed to increased public safety.
c) Increasing our presentations in schools and to the public.
Many of the challenges that we face and that influence calls for service and the policing response did not happen overnight and as we move forward with our strategic planning we recognize the importance of an integrated long term approach to dealing with these issues and the importance of working with our partner agencies to address these issues.
To answer the specific questions posed about the crimes in Cochin the RCMP have been very successful in investigating and apprehending individuals in relation to many of these offences. I have included below links to the news articles on these successful investigations, and the work done by the Battlefords Detachment to ensure we are contributing to safer communities.
The Battlefords Detachment continues to explore ways to implement new initiatives both by the police and with the assistance of the public. Examples of this can be seen in the newly formed Citizens on Patrol in Meota, the exploration of potential partnership with the RM of Meota to use their new Community Safety Officer to deliver rural crime watch strategies and the partnering of the Battlefords and Turtleford.
Detachment to deliver a rural crime watch program that crosses our Detachment boundaries. Should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me directly.
Insp John Sutherland
OIC Battlefords Detachment
Insp. John R.M. Sutherland
Officer in Charge / Officier en Charge
Battlefords Detachment / Detachment de Batttefords
1052 - 101st Street / 1052 -101e rue North Battleford, SK
To: Mayor and Council of Cochin-m Harvey Walker Herb Cox MIA Battlefords
Gerry Ritz MP Battlefords
I am writing this as an Invitation to our federal, provincial and municipal leaders to join forces to assist us community members in addressing the challenges of the existing vandalism in the Jackfish and Murray Lake area. Having been a cabin owner In Cochin since 1979, 1 can speak with confidence that the break -ins and vandalism in the area has been an ongoing issues that has ebbed and flowed over the years. Year round residents are afraid for the personal safety and the safety of the properties; especially considering the most recent fire in Cochin that destroyed 2 cabins.
I suggest that this is an issue that can only be addressed by the 4 levels of leadership; the issue involves Aboriginal and Caucasian youth, policing strategies and residents having a responsibility to secure their properties. What accelerates the fear for residents is the lack of Information that is shared by the RCMP and the Crown Prosecutors office. Have those that were responsible for the fires been caught? If so what is the outcome from court, probation, restitution? The RCMP, given they are the face in the community respond with "we catch and the court releases them,” the lack of detail does little to reduce our fears and concerns. I am not suggesting names of the offenders be provided, as this would be a breach of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
I again suggest that this is an issue that is best dealt with by 4 levels of leadership as this issue crosses jurisdictional boundaries. I am inviting one of our Federal, Provincial and/or Municipal leaders to lead a comprehensive strategy to address the issue before us. An example of such a strategy is the HUB model that has been rolled out in the province of Saskatchewan by Building Partnerships to Reduce Crime.
In my mind this strategy requires:
Information to the public on how to secure their prosperties to reduce the likelihood of a break-in; I firmly believe that as property owners we have responsibility to reduce the likelihood of a break-in.
Communication of accurate non-identifying Information reduces the rumor mill; have those responsible been caught.
An ongoing strategy such as a HUB model that brings together Die 4 Partners to address this issue in long term with the ultimate goal to reduce crime; the RCMP in several communities across the province are involved with HUB table as are the Ministry of Social Services, Ministry of Justice and the local school boards. The premise of the HUB model is to reduce crimes and address crime from a proactive multidisciplinary approach.
I would appreciate a response to this request from each of you that I have addressed, however, what I would appreciate more is the development of a multidisciplinary approach to an issue that continues to plague our community.
Council Comments #10
December 6, 2016
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