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Block Parent Program Growing In Riverview

By Allan Dearing Aug 12, 2022 | 6:53 AM

More Block Parent signs are appearing in the windows of homes in Riverview.

Concerned resident Jay Savage brought the program back to the community a few months ago after a long absence.

Block Parent participants put up signs in their windows to indicate they are a safe place for children in distress.

Serving as president of the Riverview program, Savage outlined how Block Parent works and its goals in a presentation to Town Council this week.

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Riverview Mayor Andrew LeBlanc applauded Savage for his approach to public safety.

“I think we know that crime prevention and public safety is something that has to involve the entire community and not fall to just the RCMP or any one particular organization. It’s about a grassroots approach and getting the community engaged.”

Councillor Heath Johnson told the public session that he and his wife have become a Block Parent household.

“It was very easy to go through. My wife and I both got the police checks done and had our meeting with Jay and put the sign in the window. If we know we’re not going to be home, we take the sign down. If we know we can’t respond, then we take the sign down.”

In addition to homeowners, businesses especially small, family-run operations are also eligible to take part in the program.

Savage told Town Council the response from the community has been terrific so far.

More details can be found on their Facebook page, Block Parent Program – Riverview.


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