–Sooke RCMP media release
Eight new block watch groups have been organized in East Sooke, thanks to the hard work of Cst. Sam Haldane and members of the East Sooke community.
This follows a community forum held last Friday night, May 25th at the community hall in East Sooke. The recent rise of property crime in East Sooke concerned local residents, who organized the forum attended by S/Sgt. Jeff McArthur, Cst. Sam Haldane, and 87 East Sooke residents.
“Block Watch is an effective way to develop relationships and awareness of local conditions amongst residents, enabling them to make their areas more difficult for criminals to target,” said Sooke RCMP S/Sgt. Jeff McArthur. “There are now 16 active Block Watch groups in Sooke, Shirley and Otter Point, and we are looking to expand.”
McArthur also announced at the community forum that Cst. Matthew Kinnear will now act as the East Sooke liaison officer.
“Cst. Kinnear is tasked with closely monitoring the situation in East Sooke, and getting information out in real time for our officers to act on.”
S/Sgt. Jeff McARTHUR
NCO i/c Sooke Detachment