What's Up Now: RCMP Release

Date: November 25, 2021Share

RCMP Share the Signal for Help Campaign

The month of November is Family Violence Prevention Month and the St. Albert RCMP would like to highlight the Signal for Help Campaign. As part of the St. Albert RCMP Annual Priorities, one of the issues the detachment is targeting is Domestic Violence. Educating the community on the Signal for Help is another tool that the RCMP can be part of to assist victims in reporting Domestic Violence.

We encourage all community members to familiarize themselves with the Signal for Help by visiting the official website at www.signalforhelp.net. The Signal for Help launched during the pandemic, to give individuals a way to discreetly communicate that they need help and can be used on video calls or in public places. The signal consists of tucking your thumb into your open palm then folding your four other fingers over your thumb.

“Police reported Family Violence continues to rise in Canada. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased many family stressors, which may be attributed to possible increases in family violence. Unfortunately, we have witnessed these same trends in St. Albert. Initiatives like “Signal for Help” are critical in helping victims to find much-needed support. Family violence impacts us all. We commend the St. Albert RCMP for supporting this important initiative,” says Dr. Kristopher Wells, Chair of the St. Albert Policing Committee.

If you see the Signal for Help being used, or if you or someone you know is a victim of Domestic Violence, we encourage you to contact the St. Albert RCMP at 780-458-7700 or your local police.

If someone you know is a victim of Domestic Violence and you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

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