Updates from the provinces

Citizens on patrol: How residents of a small Alberta town are helping police fight rural crime

OLDS, Alta. — In the early hours of the morning, 85-year-old Margaret Erickson sometimes goes looking for trouble. A member of the Citizens on Patrol group in Olds, Alta., Erickson and 60 fellow volunteers act as extra sets of eyes and ears for the local RCMP detachment.

They drive around town looking for anything that’s amiss: a car that doesn’t belong, a gate that’s mysteriously open in an industrial area or, says Jimmy Jeong, who moved to Olds from South Korea less than two years ago, aggressive driving.

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