Over the last couple of years I have done my best to keep my messages positive about the club, the people, and the activities that happen at the club. I find myself in a position with this message, that things are not so positive around the club. I have received emails from community members regarding late night noise and partying at our centre’s parking lot, and we are seeing more vandalism around the club now that things have started to warm up. In 2 years, I haven’t experienced it this bad, or perhaps I just haven’t heard about it as much as I am now. I have had community members ask me what the club is doing about the noise and partying, and my response is always the same. I encourage you to contact the police, and in speaking with officers from the Winnipeg Police Service, they encourage you to do the same thing. We would discourage anyone from taking matters into their own hands in these situations for their own safety. I would like to ask all of you as a Community to keep an eye out for these things, and contact the police if you feel there is a need. I would also like to ask you to speak with your children, especially those that are out for the evening with a vehicle. Perhaps there is another venue they can spend their time partying and playing loud music at. Perhaps they can vandalize their own property if they feel the need to vandalize anything. Spray painting the centre, or damaging the property costs money to repair, and I would hope that they would respect the property, and the neighbourhood more than they currently are. We all like to think that our sons/daughters are perfect little angels, but I would still encourage you to have a chat with your children (I know I try to talk to mine) about these things, and perhaps we, as a community, can help curb this type of behaviour before the police do have to get involved.
Below is the response from Winnipeg Police:
In regards to the on-going community complaints from Whyte Ridge residents, relating to teenagers drinking / smoking and causing a disturbance at the Community Centre please consider the following:
- The Community Centre is at a natural disadvantage as it not located next to any major thoroughfares. Consequently, Patrolling officers are unlikely to be driving by the area in the regular course of their duties.
- Therefore, please advise all concerned citizens to contact Winnipeg Police Service for any reports of: suspicious behavior, noise occurring late in the evening, excessive loud noise, traffic complaints, underage drinking and drug dealing / use occurring on or around Community Centre property.
- Please advise your members to contact us for any actual or suspected criminal activity. These calls for service get tracked by our crime analysts who will then create Bulletins which direct officers to problematic areas with ongoing problems.
- Non emergent calls for service, such as noise complaints, traffic complaints where safety is not an immediate concern, drinking and drug use can be directed to 204-986-6222.
- Emergent calls for service, where serious criminal activity is occurring such as; vehicles racing / driving at excessive speeds, impaired driving, break and enters and assaults can be reported to 911.
- For ongoing problems, when events have been reported to Police but response time is delayed please consider the following:
- Try and get vehicle licence plates, makes and models.
- Try to get accurate descriptions of the parties involved.
- Photographs and surveillance video are very useful in follow up investigations. (Do not compromise personal safety to obtain)
- Please leave a name and contact information with the call taker. Attending officers may need further information or guidance. Reporting parties still have the option to remain anonymous should the matter proceed criminally.
As the surveillance cameras become operational please consider visible signage in the parking lot and problem areas.
We will step our patrols of the Community Centre and surrounding area in the evenings.
Curtis Rossow – President