COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION UNIT
The Community Mobilization Unit (CMU) was created in January, 2015 to enhance Police visibility, create partnerships within the community and establish targeted patrol and enforcement within the Downtown core, Victoria Park and the Beach area.
During the summer months the CMU Officers worked exclusively within the areas of the Downtown, the Waterfront/Beach and Victoria Park. The Officers conducted foot patrol in these areas enhancing relationships with the owners, staff and patrons of local businesses.
The CMU Officers were involved with multiple events over the year, such as:
- Sandcastle Festival
- Movies on the Beach
- Northumberland Ribfest
- YMCA Strong Kids,
- Sidewalk Sale
- Coal Train Music & Blues Festival
- Tasty Tuesdays Events
- Music and Motion
- BIKE UP Northumberland
- Terry Fox Run
- Annual Dragon Boat Races
- Operation Lifesaver Presentations
Officers in the unit organized and conducted a Halloween display for the Downtown Halloween event on behalf of the Cobourg Police Service.
CMU officers coordinated police staffing requirement for several parades and events this year.
- Canada Parade.
- Cobourg Concert Band’s Remembrance Day Church Service and March Past,
- Remembrance Day Parade and service at the Cenotaph.
- Christmas Parade.
- Christmas Magic event, providing traffic control and intake of food items with YIPI students and Volunteers.
Unit members organized and conducted Cobourg Police’s first National Teen Driver Safety Week safety lanes and information lanes with the Youth in Policing Initiative (YIPI) students.
CMU officers coordinated the “Lock It or Lose It” campaign this year at the Northumberland Mall in conjunction with our Ident-A-Kid program.
There has been a progressive improvement in police involvement with our school communities. In addition to the Officers of the Community Mobilization Unit, an additional four Uniform front line Officers have been trained to be “School Resource Officers”. These Officers respond to the local Secondary Schools, assisting staff and students. Dedicated parking and office space has been allocated to ensure a place for officers to work and interact. This allows students to see that police aren’t always attending the school to deal with negative situations and are there to assist them.
Cobourg Police Service was represented by an Officer from the CMU at the 2015 R.I.D.E. Season Kickoff Event at Humber College.
Lockdown drills at several schools were assisted by members of the CMU with great success.
CMU officers were able to focus their attention on daytime activities, issues related to schools and local events as a result of not being dispatched to front line calls for service.
2015 was a year of changes within the Cobourg Police Service and one of its successes was the creation of the CMU. The dedicated Officers were able to spend time connecting and enhancing the police relationship to the members of the community.