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THE ROTOR


 
This Rotor can also be found on the FRONT PAGE OF OUR WEBSITE,
on the right side (where it used to be).
ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • Next week (Nov. 21) Eastview's meeting is OFF-SITE at 7:00 P.M. - Metro Liquor Regina, 153705 Chuka Blvd.
  • If you plan to attend the above meeting and did not sign at yesterday's meeting, you must advise Clarence Krause at c.dkrause@sasktel.net by 12:00 noon Tuesday Nov. 19.
  • Holiday Ham sale - Advise John Van Koll of your sales results to-date.
  • Rotary Christmas Carol Festival - Dec. 2 - 5, 2019 - Knox Metropolitan United Church - 7:00 p.m.  

Police Chief Evan Bray on "Challenges in Urban Policing"!

Introduced as a 24 year member of Regina's Police Service, Chief Evan Bray, is passionate about policing and safety. Chief Bray has gained provincial and national respect as reflected in roles he has had, and is currently playing with agencies such as the Saskatchewan Federation of Police Officers, Canadian Police Association Board of Directors and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police.
Chief Bray shared with us that the Regina Police Service employs 600 men and women, some 400 of these are commissioned officers and the remainder are civilians. The Police Service annual budget is $92 Million. There has been a shift in the Service's focus over the decades and to illustrate this change, he provided a "rear view" and a "windshield view" of this shift. In the rear view, policing tended to be reactionary as the police responded to unlawful acts and dealt with the perpetrators/ criminals. Relationship building was not a practice that had any traction, as the tendency was to remain somewhat "aloof". This mode of operation has shifted to a Community policing approach. There was a lack of diversity, white, male and a minimum of 6 feet tall. The current Service reflects 26% of commissioned officers are female, with 9% aboriginal, which remains behind Regina's aboriginal population of 11%. Their historic focus was emphasized in their title, the "Regina Police Force", which has been replace with "Regina Police Service", which carries with it an expanded understanding in the minds of police officers, "Who are my customers?" 
From his "Windshield view" Chief Bray sees as challenges; i) "Drugs, Gangs & Guns", with a rise in all three areas and very often all occurring in the same instance; ii) "Borderless" crime - the time and energy spent on internet activity gobbles up resources; iii) competition for employees - it seems joining the Regina Police Service is not the most appealing job in the city -  shift work, the hours of work, the mental health challenges for officers and family members - are far from ideal; and, iv) funding is always tough.
Chief Evan Bray, Regina Police Service
Chief Bray spoke about the increase in certain drugs seized by the Regina Police Service. He compared the increase in Cocaine to Methamph-etamine seizures from 2015 to 2019. Cocaine seizures rose from 5850 grams to 9251 grams in that time period, an increase of 58%. This compared to an increase in Meth from 820 to 11,210 grams in the same time period, for an increase 1267%. Added to these highly addictive drugs, Chief Bray noted the additional challenge with the drug, Fentanyl, is that the latter carries with it an added death kneel. 
A reflection of Community Policing
The Mission of Regina Police Service is, "Working together to keep Regina Safe". According to Chief Bray the central goal of community policing is for the police to build relationships with the community through interactions with local agencies and members of the public, creating partnerships and strategies for reducing crime and disorder. According to our Police Chief, "Everything the police do involves another service in the community." And this is to our collective good advantage.
We are well led!
The Family of Rotary
  • We rose and stood for a moment to remember Rotarian Doug Alexander of the RC of Regina, a community leader with a uniquely distinctive voice. Doug, will be missed.
  • Pat Dell advised that Dave Edwards is in the Regina General, and the word is his telephone has been confiscated so he can rest.
  • Barry Strohan reported he recently spoke to former member, Bob Lawrence, who wished to be remembered to members of the Club.
  • Chris Hefner spoke to Ted Tejada 10 days ago and he too wished to be remembered to our members.
  • Hans Gaastra's sister who lived in Holland passed away and Hans is there now - please keep the Gaastra family in your thoughts.
  • Former member Ed Swayze was remembered to the Club by Pat Richards.
Stewart Grahame invites Volunteers to Carol Festival
Fellowship Highlights
  • Volunteers required for the Rotary Carol Festival. Please let Ron Okumura or Charles Sadzamare know the role and day you wish to volunteer;
  • Members encouraged to add happenings to the Club's Event Calendar, check with Jenna Raimbault on process - jraimbault@agrisksolutions.ca
  • Peter Neufeldt was caught trying on Chief Bray's hat - seems Peter did not have the hat on long enough to be charged with impersonating a police officer but he learned in Eastview it is a finable offence;
  • There was a general fine to all members for the quality-less rendition of the Welcome Song;
  • Big deal - 27 Adventure in Agriculture students this year - be ready on November 27th and in our best behaviour;
  • Over $1,150.00 in the 50/50 draw basket - 6 marbles left.
  • See you at Metro Liquor Regina on the 21st.
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Philosopher's Corner

"There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don't care who gets the credit."
                   Ronald Reagan
                                   via Pat Dell

Today's guests

Regina Police Chief Evan Bray, guest of the Club; and, Visiting Rotarians Ian Toms, Stewart Graham, Gilda Treleavan Graham and Doug Keam, all members of the RC of Regina
 

Next Meeting Responsibilities

Registration: Shreedhar                             Jachak
50/50: Leif Riesach
Greeter: Clarence Krause
C4C: Nov 22 - Greg McNamara, Doug Archer, Pat Richards
UPCOMING SPEAKERS
Dec 20, 2019 5:30 PM
Xmas Party
Dec 26, 2019 12:00 PM
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Jan 09, 2020 5:15 PM
 
Board of Directors Meeting
Access Communications Boardroom
Feb 13, 2020 5:15 PM
 
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