Ci­ti­zens Ac­tion Com­mit­tee ce­le­brates five years ser­vice

Ki­cking off with Po­li­ceWeek ac­ti­vi­ties

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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.

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