October 31, 2021 – Halloween Night / Township Bonfire
Insp. Brown and Sgt. Hollingsworth deployed in the Township on mountain bikes for an afternoon/evening shift on Halloween night. Members attended the bonfire event at Fleming Beach that was sponsored by the Township and the Esquimalt Lions and were able to engage with a number of local residents and families.
November 5, 2021 – No Stone Left Alone
On November 05, 2021 Cst. Lastiwka provided a police escort to students and staff of Rockheights Middle School who attended God’s Acre Cemetery for the No Stone Left Alone ceremony.
November 8-10, 2021 – Esquimalt Lions Poppy Campaign
Insp. Brown, Sgt. Hollingsworth, and Cst. Lastiwka supported the Esquimalt Lions’ poppy campaign for Remembrance Day by canvassing in the Township.
November 11, 2021 – Remembrance Day
Chief Manak and Insp. Michael Brown lay a wreath of remembrance at the Esquimalt Remembrance Day ceremony in Memorial Park, Esquimalt.
December 2021 – Project “Business Connect”
For the month of December, Cst. Lastiwka was involved with Project “Business Connect.” He attended various businesses in the Township and engaged business owners and staff. This was an effort to build relationships with the business community and provide crime prevention suggestions.
December 5, 2021 – Esquimalt Celebration of Lights
December 9, 2021 – Esquimalt Seniors Christmas Luncheon
Chief Manak and Insp. Brown attended the annual Esquimalt Seniors’ Christmas Lunch at the local Rec Center. Although the event was scaled down due to COVID, it was an excellent opportunity to spend time was some of our most prized citizens.
December 22, 2021 – Esquimalt Lions Christmas Hampers
On December 22, 2021 Cst. Lastiwka and Sgt. Hollingsworth assisted Esquimalt Lions members with the assembly of Christmas food hampers for local families in need. They later delivered a number of the hampers to the families who were unable to collect them in person.
VicPD Block Watch update
There are 177 active groups in the VicPD Block Watch program, 39 of these groups are in Esquimalt.
In 2021, several new Block Watch groups were started in Esquimalt. However, a few groups also closed, resulting in an overall reduction in groups. When a Captain resigns, an attempt is made to find a replacement. Unfortunately, if no one is willing to take on the Captain role, the group is closed.
We are currently in an active recruiting campaign for participants to sign up from Esquimalt. Since October 2021, VicPD volunteers have been out delivering brochures to the homes of inactive Block Watch groups in an effort to re-instate them into the program.
Once pandemic restrictions are lifted and our volunteer programs are up and running again, our volunteers will continue with this recruiting campaign. To date, the brochures have been well received, resulting in positive feedback and program inquiries. To that effect, we have already begun the application process for some new groups. Therefore, we are anticipating an increase in program participation for 2022.
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