Retired and loving it. If I'd have known about retirement befor I started my 40 year career with the government of Manitoba I'd have retired first. :)
By: plapman , 1:09 PM GMT on May 20, 2012
Today will be sunny with fog patches dissipating early this morning. Today's high will be a comfortable 19C(66F). UV index 7 or high.
Tonight will be clear with a low of 7C(45F).
i had a good night last night at the celebration of the 20 years of the Citizens on Patrol Program in Portage. I got to meet alot of people i hadn't seen since I had to quit the program after my first stroke.
The Queen and me were seated with 2 couples who live a completely different lifestyle than us one of which was a former member of the Manitoba Legislature and owns a very large farm in the area. It was interesting to hear of wedding plans for their daughter that may be a destination wedding in Mexico and them flying the minister there to perform the deed. It sure would be a different wedding than the less than $5000 weddings we had for our girls. In fact the middle daughter payed for her own wedding.
In my time with the group I made 2 good calls. one involved lids who had broken into a building on the fair grounds and having a party. A call to the RCMP quickly brought 2 patrol cars and had the bridge to the island where the fair grounds blocked off. Luckily we caught the party before any damage was done to the public property. and another was finding an elderly gentleman who was blind and suffering from dementia. He had wandered out of his apartment and was walking along our Crescent Lake trying to find his home. A call then brought a patrol car and the man was escorted home safely.
Even if not caught in the act I'm sure just the presence of a vehicle in the area would deter a lot of crime.
There are now 45 members of he group who patrol the city anytime from midnight to 6 am. The group in Portage was started by an RCMP officer who wanted to establish a repertoire between the police and citizens. Portage was the first group of it's kind in Manitoba. There are now over 40 COPP groups in Manitoba acting as extra eyes and ears for law enforcement.
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