Dan McGee has volunteered to participate in TheWatch Program atLethbridgesince its inception in 2019, and his time in this program is just fulfilling. It is said that it is worthwhile.
"It's amazing that people at all levels of society can teach you something, and personally I learned a lot," Lethbridge said. The city told Global News at a press conference. Announced that the program has won a state award.
McGee is one of 20 volunteers in a program where their work is recognized.
Sarah Amy's, Community Director of Downtown Lethbridge BRZ, said the program has been successful in the region, providing another resource that residents and businesses can trust besides calling the Lethbridge police. Said that it is offering.
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"Watches are a lively and consistent presence in downtown, and what they do is essential. To free the downtown police unit to deal with the problem that is really a police issue, "Ames explained.
Program Manager Jeff Cove created the watch with the goal of managing issues that didn't originally require the presence of police and relying more on finding connections with people who needed a little extra help. Said it was done.
"About outreach, (outreach) services ... sometimes we talk and go out at the end of the day," Cove added. He said the program currently makes thousands of calls a year.
"Position Checks, Health Checks, First Aid, Narukan Offerings — Everything We Do — Police are involved in about 24% of the 1,400 things we do "." Cove explained.
"Towards last year, we increased about 6,000 events and what watch members did, involving police in less than 1% of them."
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Watch and its volunteers are the 2022 Community Justice Awards. They have been nominated for the Partnership and Engagement category.
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"Defending people, detoxifying people, getting them involved in treatment and all outreach, that's it. It was acknowledged. It was a pretty big problem for this team as we came up with ideas about who to contact and what services we could offer, "Cove said.
He added that he is proud of the work the watch has done and wants the program to grow and expand, connecting the right people with the right resources.
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