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CHILLIWACK City council and RCMP representatives are gathering with the City of Chilliwacks outside city workers in the Public Works lunchroom on Wednesday morning to launch a program that involves city workers in the prevention and reduction of crime. The launch will include speeches, a cake cutting and preliminary awareness training for city workers on noticing criminally suspicious activity and informing police.

The partnership program is called City Watch and trains municipal workers to be alert to activities they might witness in the course of their jobs. It has been successful in numerous communities across BC. Chilliwack city council adopted the program earlier this year after a presentation on the program by the CUPE BC president Barry ONeill at the request of CUPE 458 president Louise Piper.

This is an excellent way to help keep our community safe, says Piper. Municipal workers are often in places where police are hard-pressed to patrol regularly for example, clearing storm drains or in park gardens were children play.

This is a valuable service we are proud to provide our community to keep it safe and strong.

  • What:
    Inaugural City Watch meetingLaunch of program speeches, cake cutting and training

  • Participants:
    City council representatives
    Peter Monteith, Deputy CAO, City of Chilliwack
    RCMP Superintendent McGowan
    RCMP Senior Sergeant Falk
    CUPE 458s outside city workers

  • Where:
    Public Works lunchroom
    City of Chilliwack

  • When:
    Wednesday, September 15, 2004

CUPE 458 (Canadian Union of Public Employees) represents city workers in the city of Chilliwack as well as other municipalities in the Fraser Valley. The workers involved in the City Watch program include those in public works, parks and recreation, building inspection, by-law officers, and meter readers.


Jamie Burt, Shop Steward, CUPE 458, c: (604) 316-3941, h: (604) 824-0783; Diane Kalen, CUPE Communications, c: (778) 229-0258.