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The Police had “all hands on deck” over the Canada Day Weekend and the Waterfront Festival.  Deputy Chief Paul VandeGraaf issued a report detailing what they did and to thank “our many residents and visitors for celebrating in a safe and respectful manner”.  In addition to the “standard deployment”, also participating were Special Constables, Cobourg Police Auxiliary members, volunteers from OCEAP and members of the Community Mobilization Unit.  Paul also commented that “this year was the first opportunity to partner directly with the newly appointed Town of Cobourg By-Law Enforcement Officer. Our officers could be seen on bike, foot patrol and Segway all weekend.”

You might ask who are these extras and special groups?

  • Special Constables – employed by the Police, these are appointed to do a limited range of police duties but are not full officers.  Presumably that means they are trained less and paid less.
  • Cobourg Police Auxiliary – Volunteer Civilians who help out by providing information, help with traffic and more.  They man the trailer on the Waterfront.
  • OCEAP  – help Police in Emergency situations such as evacuations, search and rescue.
  • Community Mobilization Unit – designated officers in the regular force who focus on community activities – in summer extra officers are assigned.

Paul also said that:

Over the course of the long weekend, police were called to a total of 103 calls for service ranging from parking complaints, missing persons, ambulance assistance and many other events. Regardless, there were no criminal arrests in relation to the festival and only two Liquor Licence Act infractions were issued. Parking continues to be a problem, so everyone is reminded to park where permitted.

Separately, there were other reports that there was a record crowd on Saturday – the Lions Club declared the event a success. Also, it seemed that the Rotary Strategy of lowering their entrance fee brought in a larger crowd.  Most booths said that they had done well.

The DBIA have not publicly reported on whether the weekend was a success for King Street merchants.



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