Rais­ing aware­ness

Pro­gram avail­able via Qalipu-RCMP part­ner­ship

Advertiser (Grand Falls) - - Front Page - BY RANDY EDI­SON

Megan Collins, a mem­ber of the Qalipu from Bishop’s Falls, will work out of the Grand Falls-Wind­sor De­tach­ment this sum­mer on a crime preven­tion and aware­ness part­ner­ship.

A new part­ner­ship has been formed to help de­liver a crime preven­tion mes­sage in the Ex­ploits re­gion.

Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Na­tion and the RCMP are com­bin­ing forces to get the mes­sage out this sum­mer through a nine­week pro­gram.

Megan Collins, a Qalipu mem­ber from Bishop’s Falls, will work out of the Grand Falls-Wind­sor de­tach­ment but de­liver pre­sen­ta­tions at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions.

“As both a mem­ber of Qalipu and RCMP, my goal is to spread pub­lic aware­ness on mul­ti­ple crime pre­ven­tions to en­sure peo­ple of all age groups are aware of different sit­u­a­tions that could po­ten­tially lead to a crime, and how to go about pre­vent­ing them,” she told the Ad­ver­tiser Thurs­day.

While the mes­sage will be de­liv­ered pri­mar­ily through pre­sen­ta­tions around the area, Collins will also uti­lize so­cial me­dia.

The psy­chol­ogy stu­dent is look­ing for­ward to tai­lor­ing pre­sen­ta­tions for her re­spec­tive au­di­ences.

“I just fin­ished my fourthyear psy­chol­ogy stud­ies,” she said. “I have a crim­i­nol­ogy cer­tifi­cate and I’m ap­ply­ing to the so­cial worker pro­gram, so this (pro­gram) will help with that, and I do have an in­ter­est in the RCMP as well.”

“This is my first time do­ing this sort of thing, so it is ex­cit­ing,” she added.

Lo­cals can ex­pect to see Collins at some lo­cal com­mu­nity events de­liv­er­ing her crime preven­tion and aware­ness mes­sage.

Megan Collins will hold the Qalipu sum­mer stu­dent po­si­tion with the RCMP for nine weeks.

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