One thing going for Stittsville Coun. Shad Qadri as he deals with this rash of fires in his community is his involvement with Crime Prevention Ottawa (CPO).
Qadri is the chairman of the board of directors and he’s well-positioned to harness the power of the organization. He was at a community meeting about the fires last Friday and people asked for more cops to patrol the area. That, of course, is not necessarily the answer since it would take officers away from another area.
“My thought came back to this organization,” Qadri said at a CPO board meeting Monday night. “Obviously everyone is on edge and everyone had their nerves up.”
Qadri wants CPO involved in the next community meeting in Stittsville. It’s a chance, he said, to show CPO can be a citywide organization, and not one that just tackles issues in the urban core. It’s one thing Mayor Jim Watson has been critical about when it comes to CPO.
Police Chief Vern White, who also sits on the CPO board, pointed out it’s likely someone, or people, who live in Stittsville who are responsible for the fires, so the community must take an active role in keeping watch.
Trying to make an impact in a current issue, and one that’s getting plenty of headlines, would be a good move for CPO, which has at times struggled to convince politicians (and columnists) of its worth at City Hall.
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