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Morinville residents Fred and Vera Neveu are the latest recipients of Morinville Town Council’s Pride of Morinville recognition. The couple was nominated for the award by a member of the public for their 14 years of service to the Morinville Citizens on Patrol (COP) program. They were also recognized for their work with the provincial COP organization.
The mayor praised the couple for the time and energy they have given to Citizens on Patrol.
“It’s been a significant impact that you’ve made on our community to make it safer. I especially like the initiative that you do when you go around and test car doors to see whether or not they’re locked. That’s had a really positive change for people to start to realize that this community is not a small town anymore and we need to make sure that we take care of it,” Mayor Lisa Holmes said before presenting the couple with the award.
Morinville Citizens on Patrol serves Morinville and Cardiff residents by working with the RCMP and the community, conducting vehicle, bicycle, and foot patrols to assist police. They also conduct vehicle speed education sessions and seasonal theft from vehicles awareness programs.
Citizens on Patrol started in Morinville in 1994 when the Community Policing Advisory Committee sought a partnership with RCMP to address the issues of break and enters, vandalism, impaired drivers, and young offenders.
Since that time they have been extra eyes and ears for police, reporting suspicious activities persons or vehicles in the area.
More information on the organization is on their website at www.MorinvilleCOP.org.