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Lethbridge pushing province for establishment of local SCAN unit

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The City of Lethbridge will push the provincial government for a specialized local unit to help snuff out drug houses.

The Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods unit or SCAN as it’s known, is part of the Alberta Sheriffs, which deals with problem properties that are being used for specific illegal activity.

Mayor Chris Spearman told City Council last week (Aug. 19) that Lethbridge needs a dedicated SCAN team here. “We would be getting an enhancement to the enforcement pillar in the City of Lethbridge if we’re successful. It’s another opportunity for us to advocate for resources in the City of Lethbridge that exist in other cities like Calgary and Edmonton. If we’re going to solve the drug issue, we have to stop the supply.”

Spearman says there are enough issues in the city to warrant a permanent SCAN office here. It was also something mentioned by outgoing Lethbridge Police Chief Rob Davis.

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A few weeks ago a number of frustrated residents had complained to police and City Council about a suspected drug house in their neighbourhood. The home on 7th Avenue North was shut down by SCAN a number of months back, however nearby residents said there was action back at that same house again.

Spearman feels have a dedicated SCAN unit in Lethbridge would help police shut down drug houses effectively.

The motion to send a letter to the provinces advocating for a Lethbridge SCAN unit passed unanimously.

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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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