Pictou County District RCMP is responsible for policing rural areas of Pictou County as well as the Town of Pictou and Pictou Landing First Nations. As such, the RCMP relies on various volunteer groups to assist with the reduction of crime and support for the victims.
The Pictou County Municipalities Crime Prevention Association (CPA) is one such group which offers a volunteer service to Pictou County communities. The CPA is a community organization that partners with local municipal police forces and Pictou County District RCMP to raise awareness of crime trends and works to improve the quality of life in the various communities. The goal of the CPA is to create safer communities through education and overall crime reduction.
CPA volunteer members have a common vision for all the towns and rural communities of Pictou County. They strive to make the public more aware of crime-related issues and take the appropriate steps to prevent and deter criminal activities. Programs offered by the CPA include the Senior Safety Program, Elder Person Safe Driving Skills Program, Neighborhood Watch Program, Vial of Life, Elder Abuse, Crime Trends in the County and Identify Theft Awareness. These worthwhile programs have been developed to provide a more secure lifestyle for the residents of Pictou County. The Crime Prevention Association is always welcoming new volunteers to promote safety and believe that all citizens have the capacity to help create a safer community.
Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers is another volunteer group that provides support to police in Pictou County. Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers volunteers are a committed group of individuals who encourage people to provide anonymous information to law enforcement that is used to solve crimes and lay charges against those responsible. They hold regular monthly meetings to plan fundraising campaigns and organize crime reduction activities. The ultimate goal of Crime Stoppers is to make Nova Scotia a safer place to live and conduct business. Web site: www.crimestoppers.ns.ca .
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Pictou County Chapter is a grassroots volunteer organization committed to stopping impaired driving and supporting the victims of violent crime. The Pictou County Chapter consists of victims of drunk driving, their friends and family members, and citizens from across Pictou County who are concerned about the safety of our roads and want to make a difference.
MADD offers support services to victims, raises awareness about the dangers of impaired driving, and strives to prevent injuries and death on Pictou County roads. The Pictou County Chapter does this through numerous awareness projects such as the annual Red Ribbon checkpoints, Operation 911 and Boating 911 campaigns, local high school multimedia presentations and the Strides for Change memorial and awareness walk. New members are always welcome to attend the meetings which take place on the last Monday of the month at New Glasgow Regional Police Service at 6:30 p.m. MADD Pictou County Chapter is always seeking new volunteers. Additional information can be found on their website, which is: www.madd.ca/pictoucounty.
Members of Pictou County District RCMP are grateful for the dedication shown by all of these volunteer groups. Their efforts in supporting victims of crime, crime reduction initiatives, education and awareness are a valuable asset to their local communities. For additional information on these groups or to find out how to join, please contact Cpl. Mark Kellock at (902)755-4141 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.