The spring of 1992 saw the formation of the first Rural Crime watch in the Peace, if not the first rural crime watch in British Columbia. During the fall and winter of 1991 meetings were held and concept gained momentum.
An executive was elected, constitution drafted operating under the umbrella group the Tomslake Recreation Commission.
The commission began fundraising to raise money to purchase radios for patrols and signage from the AB RCW (who the group became a member of).
Our direction from the local RCMP was through liaisons officer Cst. John Vetter. He was very enthusiastic about the new program and was very instrumental in setting up our patrols and other logistics.
Our area is the Block Line Road and the North to One Island Lake Rd. in the south. We patrol into Alberta on the East Side of Gundy - as it is situated on both sides of the AB and BC border.
Our early executive members were Bruno and Cora Pohl, Art Seidl, Harry Fister, Eric Schindler, Boyd Christianson, Ingrid David, and Joyce Derow. Encouraging statistics from the first year included a reduction in rural crime by 42 percent. Our efforts were significant and crime was reduced.
The success was prompted to formation of the DC District Rural Crime watch under the guidance of Vetter as well. Six areas because activated - cutback, Joe River, Kilkerran, South Dawson, Pouce Coupe and Tomslake. A new radio system was purchases and a call out system enabled all members to received up to date information related to suspected and real criminal activities taking place as well as with assisting local RCMP in solving crimes with related information and potential tips.
Different methods of patrols have been employed and adopted by the six areas. An area patrol co-ordinator keeps records and patrols active as well as the local executive. The main body of the DC district RCW is government by an elected executive as wells as area directors from respective areas.
Over the past 27 years, thousands of kilometres have been logged and countless hours spent on Crime Prevention. all costs incurred for the patrols borne out of the patrol members. Attempt have been made to obviation charity status which tax receipts could be issued however se have been unsuccessful thus car.
Our patrol are not only limited to crime prevention nut incorporate senior range patrols, as well as general observations of well being and citizens concerns over the years.