Cst. Kevin Wynn, Mayor Chris Goertzen, Barry McLean (COPP volunteer), Frieda Giesbrecht (COPP volunteer), and Laurie McLean (COPP Coordinator) unveiling a plaque that recognizes the hard work of the community’s COPP program.
By Marianne Curtis
On Wednesday, September 29, two plaques commemorating the success of the Steinbach’s Citizens on Patrol Program were unveiled in the community.
During a special ceremony at City Hall Steinbach’s Mayor Chris Goertzen, Laurie McLean, Coordinator of the City’s Citizens on Patrol Program (COPP), and Constable Kevin Wynn, Steinbach’s Community Liaison Officer, unveiling of two commemorative plaques honouring the city’s COPP volunteers.
Goertzen says that the plaque recognizes the hard work of the many volunteers that have participated in the program since it’s inception a year and a half ago.
“It is also our way of saying thanks to the volunteers,” he stated.
The program started a year and a half ago. Steinbach Mayor Chris Goertzen tells us the plaque commemorates the importance of the program and is a way of saying thanks to the volunteers.
As the community’s liaison, Wynn says that the RCMP are grateful for the extra eyes that the volunteers provide within the city.
“They provide us with valuable information that help us in our investigations,” added Wynn. “It also helps keep our city as safe as possible.”
Currently the group operates with twelve volunteers.
“We would like to see thirty-six volunteers in the program so that everyone gets a break,” McLean noted. At one point there was twenty volunteers but over the year that number has shrunk to a dozen.
“People leave for a number of reasons,” she says. “Some people sign up and then realize that it is not for them.”
Anyone wishing to join the group can pick up an application from the City of Steinbach office.