In 1995, under the auspices of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Northumberland Cobourg Detachment, a small group of committed Haldimand residents voluntarily started the Haldimand Community Policing Committee (HCPC), meeting at the new OPP detachment in Cobourg.
All volunteers undergo criminal record checks and are sworn to an Oath of Secrecy by the OPP, as conditions of becoming members of the Policing Committee. Official Township identification badges are issued to each CPC volunteer. Meetings are held on a monthly basis, and chaired by a member elected at annual elections. Chairs and Co-Chairs have included: David Coulter, Bob Bastian, the late Jack Cooke, John Byers, Art Lansley and the current Chair, Jim Benham.
An OPP officer is assigned as a liaison between the Committee and the OPP. Those officers have included: Sgt. John Cartwright, Detective Constable Jake Berga, Constable Suzanne DeCock, Constable Doug Lewis, Constable Kevin Finley, the late Constable Jamil Ali, Constable Angela Ward, Constable Jason Diminie, Sgt. Paul Zeggill, Constable Phil Clarke and Constable Sean Forhan.
After receiving training from the OPP, volunteers initiated Citizens on Patrol (COP) in 1996. In addition to the generous donation from CANTEL (now Rogers Communications Inc.) of two cell phones for two years and the Committee’s own fundraising, volunteers equipped their personal vehicles with safety and emergency kits and the cell phones, to conduct patrols across the township. At this time, the Township agreed to pay members’ mileage for the COP patrols.
In the rear of the “Immel House”, the east wing of the Grafton Township offices, the Township provided an unused room, which the founding members gutted and refurbished for their needs with donated materials, to be used as a policing Committee meeting room. Exterior signage and a dedicated phone line with answering machine for community policing and OPP use were installed.
Also in 1996, a schedule of volunteers to staff the Grafton office and answer the telephone during the week was organized and established by the late Clinton Nickerson. The office with OPP signage has increased awareness and visibility of the OPP and community policing to the township residents since that time.
In recognition of the Committee’s responsibilities and dedication to the Township, the HCPC became an official Committee of the Council of Haldimand Township, with corresponding rights, privileges, insurance coverage and a budget for some of their activities and needs. Mayor Bill Finley served as the Township Council liaison to the Committee, until his retirement in 2010; then Councillor John Logel was Township liaison until elected Mayor in 2015. The current Township Council liaison is Councillor Bernadette Murray.
The HCPC received a provincial Partners in Crime grant in 2000, facilitating office upgrades, funding for additional COP kits, cell phones, volunteer clothing, and radar traffic monitoring equipment.
As Haldimand Township and Alnwick Township moved towards amalgamation, 1 volunteer with the Alnwick-Alderville CPC joined Haldimand CPC, and the Alnwick/Haldimand Community Policing Committee (AHCPC) was created in 2001. A Charter for the AHCPC was created in 2003 and revised in 2005 and 2016.
By this time, membership had also grown, outgrowing its regular meeting office in the Grafton Township offices. Committee meetings are now rotated monthly between the Council chambers in the Grafton Township offices and Fenella Hall. The Grafton office is retained as the Committee’s business office.
In 2007, Alnwick/Haldimand Township struck an ATV Bylaw Committee, of which an AHCPC volunteer was a member. In 2008 the Township passed a temporary one year ATV Bylaw. By-Law No. 50-2009, to permit the operation of All Terrain Vehicles on any Highway within A/H Township, became permanent on July 2, 2009.
Volunteers regularly receive education and training including: First Aid, CPR, ATVs and the Highway Traffic Act & Off Road Vehicle Act, the Trespass Act, and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
Presentations and Information sessions the AHCPC have organized include:
AHCPC members have volunteered in the following activities:
A/H annual Christmas dinner (AHCPC, Municipality and OPP)
A/H ATV Bylaw Committee
A/H Canada Day Parade – traffic control and information booth
A/H Remembrance Day Ceremony
AHCPC Offices – Grafton and Roseneath
AHCPC Safety information flyer mailing distribution
ATV Safety Coalition - Northumberland & District ATV Riders and the Haliburton, Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit
A/H Santa Claus Parade
CPAC – Community Policing Advisory Committee
Drug Awareness and Resistance Education (DARE) fundraising & DARE graduations in A/H schools
First Aid Training
Girl Guides of Canada Walkathon
Grafton AHCPC Office Staffing
Halloween Party A/H Township
Halloween Patrols (COP) across the Township
Hospice Northumberland Lakeshore Hike for Hospice
Lock It Or Lose It community awareness
Police Week annual information displays
Radar Speed Monitoring and complaint follow-up
Roseneath Agricultural Fair – Patrol and Lock It Or Lose It Inspections
Roseneath Car Show
Traffic Control (401 EDR, A/H Fire Department) on an on call basis
Wicklow Summer Picnic (AHCPC, Municipality and OPP)
New members are always welcome.