A recruiting drive for watch volunteers will start in mid-February with the recently approved new downtown safety initiative starting in April.
The Lethbridge Police Service will be rolling out the much-anticipated downtown watch program in a couple months.
It's an initiative similar to one in Winnipeg where highly-identifiable patrollers provide an additional layer of safety for residents, connecting people with police, emergency or community services.
The Watch was recently approved by City Council in the new four year operating budget.
LPS Chief Rob Davis says they hope to attract citizens who want to give back to the city. “The Watch volunteers will be exposed to many aspects of our city. They will be eyes and ears for the police, but also a conduit to other services that will enhance safety and community wellness such as EMS or social services. We hope to attract citizens who want to give back to the city."
A recruiting drive for watch volunteers will start in mid-February with the program officially starting a some point in April. Right now, the plan is to hire a civilian manager followed by a recruiting drive to attract volunteers. The manager posting is currently listed at www.lethbridge.ca/careers and submissions will be accepted until Feb. 8. The Watch Manager will be responsible for the administration of the program and supervision of the volunteers.
Chief Davis says they're not wasting any time getting this initiative off the ground. "If The Watch leads to a career in law enforcement, emergency medical services, social services, addictions counselling – you name it – it is a win-win for the community as a whole.”
LPS Chief Rob Davis: