A Night Out With the Queen and a Brief History of the CCitizens on Patrol Program

By: plapman , 1:09 PM GMT on May 20, 2012

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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).
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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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4. Ylee
6:05 PM GMT on May 20, 2012
Tony, glad you had a good time last night!

I think my wedding cost under $300! Not bad for 1998!

That's OK, Mush, at least you're not last! :)
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3. unclemush
3:17 PM GMT on May 20, 2012
Hi Tony.Glad you two had fun.Alley beat me to first so I'm pouting.:( LOL :)
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2. shoreacres
1:24 PM GMT on May 20, 2012
What a fun evening! Those "destination weddings" are probably lovely, but.... Well, whatever. ;)

You're right about the very presence of the constabulary preventing crime. I happen to know of one small, local department that parks one of its marked cars in a conspicuous spot along a road where speeders are plentiful. Everyone in town knows what's going on, but the tourists (and there are a lot of them!) always slow down when they see the car. It's really funny to watch.

On the other hand - which of us hasn't taken our foot off the accelerator when we see a police car? LOL
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1. Alleyoops
1:20 PM GMT on May 20, 2012
Good morning Tony. Glad you and the Queen enjoyed your evening out hobknobbing with the other members. An extra pair of eyes helping the police deter crime is always good as long as no guns are involved as we are seeing now in Florida. Just "observe and report" should be the motto of all Neighbourhood Watch teams and going out in pairs would help too for safety reasons.

Well dear one, looks like another hot day in the 80s here so I have filled the kitty's water dish and plenty of dried kibble is available as long as the bloody birds stop stealing it. LOL

Have a great Sunday dear ones. Rest today, fire up the BBQ and enjoy....
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