Drumheller COP to host provin­cial AGM

The Drumheller Mail - - News - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

Come Septem­ber 20-22. Drumheller Ci­ti­zens on Pa­trol will be hosting the prov­ince for the Al­berta Ci­ti­zens on Pa­trol As­so­ci­a­tion (ACOPA) An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing and Work­shops.

The Drumheller group has se­cured this an­nual event and are hop­ing that 200 will be de­scend­ing on the valley not only to learn and take in pre­sen­ta­tions, but get a taste of what Drumheller has to of­fer. Chair of the Hosting Com­mit­tee Doug Lu­bin­ski says it will be a very busy week­end.

“This ACOPA event is go­ing to be a good thing for all our mem­bers here be­cause they are go­ing to be able to be in­volved in all the train­ing, and speak­ers,” said Lu­bin­ski.

This will in­clude pre­sen­ta­tions from dif­fer­ent as­pects of crime pre­ven­tion from groups such as the RCMP on sub­jects rang­ing from crime re­duc­tion strate­gies, re­build re­la­tion­ships be­tween COP and po­lice de­tach­ments and even ca­nine ser­vices.

COP acts as the eyes and ears of law en­force­ment and the com­mu­nity. Their man­date is not to in­ter­vene in crime, but sim­ply ob­serve and re­port.

An­other value for par­tic­i­pants goes be­yond the work­shops but also meet­ing and net­work­ing with other COP or­ga­ni­za­tions from through­out the prov­ince. This is an op­por­tu­nity to share best prac­tices and build re­la­tion­ships and re­sources.

An event like this is also im­por­tant for the com­mu­nity. It is an op­por­tu­nity to show­case the com­mu­nity. Lu­bin­ski says he has heard a num­ber of par­tic­i­pants look­ing for­ward to com­ing to the valley.

“Bring­ing these peo­ple into town is a great thing be­cause they see what we do here and see what we have to of­fer,” said Lu­bin­ski. “A lot of peo­ple we have talked to said ’we have been think­ing about com­ing to Drumheller and we are prob­a­bly go­ing to bring our grand­chil­dren with us’ be­cause they are com­ing to Drumheller.”

The con­fer­ence kicks off with its main ban­quet and open­ing cer­e­monies on Fri­day night. Satur­day is filled with all kinds of work­shops as well as time to recre­ate. The event wraps up Sun­day morn­ing with train­ing ses­sions.

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