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High Country Rural Crime Watch Association (HCRCWA) Mission:
To safeguard people and property in all our rural communities through awareness, communications and education.

HCRCWA Goals:
Awareness will be achieved through membership development, public meetings and support from local businesses. Communications will include an updated membership database fan-out information system for email and phone notifications, information sharing with local RCMP, website development for information flow and resource connections, public relations and use of print or other media. Education with respect to crime prevention resources will be shared.

Alberta Rural Crime Watch History:
The Alberta Provincial Rural Crime Watch was formed to assist the RCMP in recognizing and apprehending criminals or those who have purportedly committed crimes.  The Rural Crime Watch (RCW) Program was designed to reduce the incidence of crime in rural areas and to create a more thorough understanding and awareness of the laws.  It is completely voluntary, involving rural residents working in cooperation with their local RCMP detachments.

The RCW Program as we know it began in 1979 supported by four local associations:  The Alberta Cattle Commission, the Western Stock Growers’ Association, the Farmers Advocate, and the RCMP.  Since then, local associations have developed throughout the province.  These were not linked by a provincial body prior to 1994.  In 1995, the Provincial Rural Crime Watch Association received official recognition as a society and the organization has become a substantive force in the province.

The scope of the Rural Crime Watch Association has expanded.  Associations are now concentrating their efforts on farmstead security, property identification and general rural crime awareness.  The Range Patrol Program continues, plus the “Report A Poacher” program has been included.  There are now 50+ Rural Crime Watch groups in Alberta.

High Country Rural Crime Watch Association (HCRCWA):
The High Country Rural Crime Watch Association (HCRCWA) is part of the Provincial Zone 1, which encompasses Southern Alberta.  The area we cover is the Turner Valley RCMP Detachment response area, which includes the western portion of Foothills County (immediately southwest of Calgary), with major western parts of county Divisions 2, 3 and 4.  Originally started in 1981, the HCRCWA had lapsed its operations in our area, for a time.  Due to an increase in criminal activity and interest by the community, the group was re-established as of March 2010, and continues to work on its communication networks and future goals.  HCRCWA sends urgent and informational messages via our email fan-out system and has set up a phone fan-out system for those who wish to receive messages by phone.  The group hosts or partners in holding public meetings to bring information to our communities and encourage membership. Check out the pages of this website and our Facebook page, which provides other important crime prevention tips and links:   www.facebook.com/HighCountryRuralCrimeWatch/

We would like to introduce you to our team:  President – Suzanne Oel; Vice President – Lyn Dean; Treasurer – Suzanne Lukawitski; Secretary - Joan Paterson; Board Member – John Robin Allen; Board Member – Dave Schroeder; Board Member – Debbie McGuinness; Membership Coordinator – Elizabeth Davis; Sign Coordinator – Vera Colville; Board Assistant – Kathy Laxton; and RCMP Liaison - Corp. Tiffany McGregor.  Also, many thanks go to all our behind the scenes volunteers!

HCRCWA attends and organizes events in our community to create awareness about HCRCWA and invite new membership. Photos of us in action:

The HCRCWA Team is very pleased to have received the Farmers' Advocate Award. Graham Gilchrest attended our meeting to present us with a framed certificate.  A cheque for $1,000.00 -yeah- has already been received!  The history of Rural Crime Watch in Alberta, starting in 1979, includes the Farmers Advocate (as in the summary on our general letter). 

Check this link out for more info on the Farmers Advocate.

We invite you to become a HCRCWA member! Click here
Benefits: As a HCRCWA member, you will be connected to a network and be part of an over-all safer community.  You will benefit by being part of a communication system and receive RCMP news, other valuable information, tips and updates to let you know what is going on.  We suggest you get to know your neighbours, help identify suspicious activity and report it.  To spread the impact of this group, you can invite your neighbours to become HCRCWA members. You will help reduce crime in our area as “the eyes and ears” to assist the RCMP.  Being a part of a healthy crime watch system will help the RCMP and help ourselves.

To become a HCRCWA member, you must fill in a Membership Application Form (Fillable form is available on our website).  You will receive a light plastic RCW sign (1 sign free).  You may purchase additional RCW signs – light plastic, heavy plastic or metal.  Costs are listed on the Membership Application Form.  Mail in your completed Membership Application Form to:  P.O. Box 982, Turner Valley, Alberta T0L 2A0.  Or, email it to: info@hcrcwa.ca

Volunteers:
Your assistance with any aspect of the association related to membership, assisting at public meetings, or other areas as needed, would be so greatly appreciated.

Information:
For more information or to volunteer, please contact us.


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