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New SafeWalk initiative launched as part of Lethbridge Watch

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There really is safety in numbers and that’s exactly what Lethbridge’s downtown Watch is providing with its latest initiative.

With a simple phone call, the SafeWalk program will provide escorted walks to and from any location within The Watch patrol zone, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Watch Manager Jeff Hansen says this is something they had planned to do right from the get-go. “Starting today, the local community can access a dedicated line with is 403-715-WALK (9255). People con contact that number if they feel they need to be walked to a vehicle or another residence within the downtown Watch zone.”

SafeWalk is part of the city’s new downtown Watch program which hit city streets a few months ago. It’s all aimed at making people more safe when visiting or working in the downtown core.

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Hansen says The Watch has actually been performing informal SafeWalks since the program got underway and he expects this will actually be a heavily-used service. “I mean if we’ve done over 20 unofficial SafeWalks already, I’m guaranteeing we will probably see 4o to 50 calls a month.”

Hansen notes they knew they were going to add this new initiative once the Watch program had somewhat established itself after a few weeks.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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