Citizens Action Committee celebrates five years service
Kicking off with PoliceWeek activities
Five years ago, the first Citizens Action Committee in Public Security debuted in Saint-Lazare following a rash of home robberies in that town.
Today, the concept that partners regular citizens with Sûreté du Québec police officers on education and sensitization campaigns counts 15 additional VaudreuilSoulanges towns among its members, as well as one Montreal island community, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue.
During the past five years, CACSP groups have reached more than 49,000 people with interventions that often have members handing out information pamphlets.
Many prevention campaigns focus on road and home security in their many forms.
SQ Vaudreuil-Soulanges MRC Director Mario Lessard says the concept has helped his officers better connect with the people they serve, while allowing residents to help residents through information campaigns.
And while it can be hard for people to change long-held habits, change often comes easier when it’s one citizen encouraging another, rather than a police officer issuing a ticket, he said. CACSP coordinator Michel Lavigne agrees, adding the regional body that over- sees each group recently celebrated their anniversary with events recognizing members, while they also distributed two recently released user manuals to each group.
The manuals were written by group members for group members and are a how-to guide to ensure groups are operating under the same guidelines.
In addition, CACSP members will be on hand this week during several PoliceWeek events including:
• A road safety campaign at the corner of rue De Beaujeu and chemin du Fleuve, in Coteau-du-Lac, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today.
• Road safety information at the intersection of rue Fabre and boulevard du Havre from 4:15 to 6:30 p.m. May 13.
• Also May 13 from 4:30 to 6:30, L’ÎlePerrot CACSP members will be at the intersection of 24e Avenue and rue Boischatel.
• On May 14 from 5 to 6 p.m., members will be at the Dépanneur Lafleur, in the Jardins Saint-Clet, to distribute road safety flyers.