Protecting and Encouraging Growth

We’re a volunteer organization supported by the RCMP who keeps our community, streets, homes and our elderly safe and cared for.

The Cowichan Community Policing & Engagement Society, is a not-for-profit, charitable society providing crime prevention, community safety programs and resources for the community.

We work in partnership with individuals, groups, agencies and the local RCMP detachment in an effort to make the North Cowichan/Duncan/Chemainus/Cowichan Bay communities a safer place to live, work and play.

Thanks to you, our programs are making a difference in our community

In order to be an effective, representative organization, we require the support of volunteers from service clubs, educational institutions, recreational facilities, businesses and the community in general.

CCP&ES Board of Directors for 2024/2025

Our community is growing by leaps and bounds and in an effort to provide the programs we envision; our membership needs to grow accordingly. Do you have a passion for community safety? Have you thought of becoming a Director with CCP&ES? If interested, please contact:

Sarah Davidge-Cardinal, Manager Programs & Volunteers: 250-732-3591 

North Cowichan/Duncan Office:  250-597-7927
Cowichan Bay Office: 250-597-1710
Chemainus Office: 250-324-7779

President: Luke Mills
Phone:  778-678-6867

Vice President: Ethan Polsom
Phone:  250-597-7927

Secretary: Vacant

Directors: Luke Mills, Anne Sharpe, Dave Morrison.

Directors Responsibilities:

Luke Mills  – President (RCMP Liaison/Public Relations/Funding)
Anne Sharpe – Treasurer
Vacant- Secretary
Vacant – Road Safety/Speed Watch Coordinator
Vacant – Block Watch
Dave Morrison – Community Engagement & Crime Prevention

Ethan Polsom – Youth & Indigenous Relations
Vacant – Media/Social Media
Vacant – Citizen on Patrol/Bike 529

Become A Volunteer – Get Active in Your Community promote safer communities where we live, work and play

Our History

Sergeant Dave Free, NCO in charge of the Shawnigan Lake RCMP Detachment, can be credited with spearheading efforts to get community policing off the ground.  He recruited Bob MacInnes, a long-term Mill Bay resident and community supporter. Bob ended up being the founding chair of what became known as the South Cowichan Community Policing Advisory Society.

“In March, 1997 a Community Police Advisory Panel was formed. Interested Community Citizens started out with the best interests of the South Cowichan Community at heart, and the realization that the Police alone cannot maintain a sense of Community pride without the assistance of those who live in it and care for it”. (Quote from an article written to the South Cowichan Life in Feb 1998)

In June of 1998 the Federal Government announced Phase II of its Strategy including a commitment of $32 Million annually to assist communities throughout Canada to develop programs and partnerships that will prevent crime in the first place.

The key goals were:

  • To increase the development of broad, community-based partnerships that address local crime prevention concerns;
  • To increase public support of and support for crime prevention; and
  • To increase the capacity of diverse communities to address crime.