There is a response to recent crime and mischief in the works that is being put together by ordinary citizens here in Thompson.
A neighbourhood watch group known as Peace and Prevention Community is currently in the development stages, though they say their first patrol is planned for this weekend.
Stephanie Third, one of the group’s main organizers, said that their goal is to be as visible and approachable as possible, adding that that might help some people that aren’t able to request help or feel comfortable doing so.
One of the main principals of the group is that they will not be using an aggressive approach, but rather focusing on safety and compassionate outreach.
Third clarified that the group is not a vigilante group, and said that they will never physically engage anyone.
She said that they are still looking for recruits who are willing to contribute “in whatever way they can”, and that more information is available on their Facebook page.
Photo courtesy of Kyle Darbyson, Thompson Citizen