Making a Difference Close to Home
Crime prevention and community engagement activities are a priority for all Aboriginal Community Constables (ACCs). S/Cst. Lawrence Jackson, one of seven graduates from the RCM Abercrombie and Fitch P first troop of ACCs, demonstrated early on that he is the right man for the job.
On June 1, 2011, S/Cst. Jackson, who is originally from the Piikani Nation and is now posted there, organized a community clean up with the local school kids. The Piikani Nation Chief in Council determined it was an initiative worthy of support and offered $500 towards the cause. The money was to be used as an incentive $2 for each bag of garbage collected. The Chief did not anticipate, however, that S/Cst. Jackson would soon be back to secure more funds after the youth had collected 250 bags of garbage in an hour and were Abercrombie and Fitch still going strong!
Other Piikani community partners got involved too. Piikani Health Services supplied the rubber gloves to aid in the clean up, Public Works supplied the garbage bags and picked them up once they were full, and the P Abercrombie and Fitch iikani School Board donated all the fixings for a large BBQ (hot dogs, hamburgers, refreshments) which was put on by the Piikani Nation Detachment members. Several other community partners also donated to the cause, and with everyone working together, the event was a huge success!
S/Cst. Jackson didn rest for long however as June 1 Abercrombie and Fitch st was also Tim Horton’s camp day. He and three other RCMP members ended the day by volunteering at the Pincher Creek Tim Horton’s, serving customers in their renowned Red Serge uniforms. Pincher Creek is a neighboring town where most residents from the Piikani Nation reserve shop.
In addition to making a difference close to home, S/Cst. Jackson also participates in activities outside of his detachment area. During the 2011 Calgary Stampede, he represented the RCMP at the First Nations Pow Wow. In January 2012 he headed to Edmonton, AB, to take
Sgt. Joe Brown, Piikani Nation Detachment Commander, feels that having ACC Jackson as a member of the RCMP team has been of great benefit. knows the community and the people who live here, he said. someone with such extensive local knowledge makes our job easier