Lethbridge, Alberta – Lethbridge Police have appointed retired Constable Shane Kisinger as the new Manager of The Watch program.
Kisinger assumed the role following the retirement of Jeff Cove, who was one of the first volunteers to join The Watch when it was implemented in the spring of 2019 and stepped up as Manager in early 2020. Cove is also a retired LPS officer.
Members of the Lethbridge Police Commission were introduced to Kisinger Wednesday night during their regular meeting.
Kisinger, who retired from LPS earlier this month with 18.5 years of service, has been training with Cove for the past three weeks and says he’s excited to take on this new challenge as a civilian.
“Policing was a great career that offered me many opportunities over the years and while it’s only been a few weeks in my new role I’m enjoying the change of focus and look forward to what the future holds,” said Kisinger.
The Watch is comprised mostly of volunteers who walk throughout the downtown core seven days a week all year long to provide an additional layer of safety to citizens by serving as a visible presence. The Watch acts as the eyes and ears of social and community services agencies and emergency service providers. They help connect people with supports ranging from detoxification and treatment services to housing and shelter, arrange transportation, help connect people on the street with family, friends and other supports, assist businesses in managing negative behaviours around their property and provide Safe Walks. Volunteers are also trained to provide emergency First Aid, including the administration of nasal Narcan.
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