Crime Watch annual meeting coming up

Anyone thinking of acting on the wrong side of the law within the Rimbey RCMP detachment area may want to think twice

Anyone thinking of acting on the wrong side of the law within the Rimbey RCMP detachment area may want to think twice because even though the RCMP can’t be everywhere, they have lots of eyes out there.

The Rimbey and District Crime Watch Association does its part to let the RCMP know of any suspicious activity in the area.

“We are the eyes and ears of the community,” said president Allan Muddle.

To work effectively, the association has a fan out system to alert Mounties of lawless activity such as car theft.

Rimbey’s detachment jurisdiction is nearly 3,000 kilometers and stretches from the 5th Meridian west to the North Saskatchewan River, covering three counties. Having an extra set of eyes and ears throughout the jurisdiction is of great benefit to us, said Rimbey RCMP Const. Luke Halvorson.

“We are a very small detachment and we can’t be everywhere at once. Without the Crime Watch Association our job would be virtually impossible.”

Helping police remove impaired drivers off the road, recovering stolen items including vehicles and property and assisting with drug investigations are some of the ways the Crime Watch Association has helped the Rimbey RCMP in the past.

Rimbey and District Crime Watch Association will hold its annual general meeting Feb. 13 beginning at 6:30 p.m. It will include a catered meal, a guest speaker and entertainment at the Hoadley Hall. A silent auction will also be held and door prizes given out.

The guest speaker will be Ponoka County bylaw officer Les Squires.

“He will be reviewing the work he’s done for the county,” said Muddle.

Tickets for the event are available through any board member or at the Rimbey RCMP detachment.

Rimbey and District Crime Watch Association executive is: president Allan Muddle, vice-president Bonnie Muzylouski, secretary Linda Campbell and treasurer Nick Peerman.

Board members are Herman Wegmann, Marianne Valstar, Paul Rogers, Keith Beebe (Ponoka County representative) and Christine Peerman.