Bezanson Meeting Draws Great Public Interest

December 2, 2016

trace-penThe general meeting held at Bezanson Memorial Hall on November 2, 2016 drew a large audience of members and general public. Grande Prairie District Crime Watch Association (GPDRCWA) was honored to have a line up of guest speakers that included the newly promoted Supt. Don McKenna and his officers from RCMP Grande Prairie; Corp. Christina Wilkins from County Enforcement; Scott Chacko, representative from Trace Identified; along with directors of Crime Watch both local and provincial. GPDRCWA would like to extend a huge thank you to all of the guest speakers for their wealth of knowledge and the directors, members and general public for coming out to support their community safety efforts.

After having a wonderful buffet of potluck supper, the meeting was initiated with a synopsis of how the Trace Pen works, how it is advancing and how large companies can even have a unique identifier of their own. An example Scott Chacko gave was Hydro One, a large power company in Ontario has it’s own unique trace identity “Hydro 1” used on all of it’s assets that it purchased from Trace Identified. With this unique, near invisible marking, an item that may go missing that is recovered by law enforcement can be traced back to the rightful owner using this unique identifier.  By the same token, the unique identifier marked on items can prove the person in possession of the item is not the rightful owner, making it easier for charges to stick in legal cases. The GPDRCWA is selling the Trace pens, often in bulk to oilfield companies to mark all their assets to deter theft.

Supt. Don McKenna and Corp. Christina Wilkins, along with  fellow officers, informed the public about what is required of them when calling in suspicious activity. They informed the public that if you think it’s important or suspicious, then follow your instincts, you are the one at the scene. They answered concerns people had over why so much personal information had to be given in order to call in a complaint or a simple suspicious activity as well. The enforcement officers all reassured the public that you are not in any sort of trouble because you are being asked for YOUR information when calling in, the dispatchers need that information in order for an officer to follow up. It is possible in the future that you may be required to testify or fill out a formal complaint and they need to know how to contact you. Also, in some cases, the dispatcher is already sending someone while they are taking your information so don’t worry that it is taking too long with what you may consider unnecessary information, they are highly trained and are handling your call in a professional manner.

There are no calls deemed unimportant. With the local detachment starting to handle their own level 3 and 4 calls, only emergency calls should be going to 911 during office hours, that is calls where someone is in danger or they feel threatened in some way. If the determination cannot be made by the caller, then by all means, make the 911 call. For all other calls, calling the detachment at 780-830-5700 will allow local dispatchers to determine how to handle the call.