It is excellent news that Williams Lake is, officially, no longer the crime capital of Canada.
It has been evident for some time that crime has been dropping significantly, and though we are still high on the list at number four for violent crime and five for non-violent, we are slowly and surely improving (communities are ranked from one to 238 in Statistic Canada’s crime severity index).
As Cpl. Pole notes in the story on A1 of today’s paper, there are a number of programs that have helped reduce crime but that police can’t do it alone.
The community also has to get involved by reporting suspicious activities and, perhaps most importantly, help create positive change.
Community members who have done just that include the Community Policing volunteers and the Citizens on Patrol who put in countless hours walking or cycling our streets to help make us all safer.
As noted in previous articles, Community Policing can always use more volunteers, so don’t be afraid to get involved in one of the numerous programs it has to offer. The Restorative Justice program is always looking for volunteers and new facilitators as well.
There are also lots of other ways you can make a positive difference in our city that will have lasting and far-reaching effects.
They can range from small acts of kindness to being heavily involved in a particular cause — all actions have a reaction, and there are numerous issues in our community and in our world that need to be addressed from more than just one individual, organization, or industry.
If you notice an issue in our community that you think needs to be addressed, do something about it rather than passing the buck onto someone else.
To those who do take an active role in bettering our society, kudos to you and keep up the good work.