Merry Operation Resolution!

December 12, 2012

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The Abbotsford, British Columbia Police Department sent holiday greetings to the usual suspects this week according to a story by Rochelle Baker published in yesterday’s Abbotsford Times.

Abbotsford is a city of about 170,000 people near the United States border and about 40 miles southwest of Vancouver. It is the safest city in that part of Canada. Abbotsford had three murders this year and none in 2011 but it thinks it has a “gang problem” and it thinks the Christmas card pictured above will help. The local cops sent the greeting to “prolific offenders, property offenders and persons known for drug and gang activity in Abbotsford as part of Operation Resolution,” Constable Ian MacDonald told the Times.

Why The Snappy Name

MacDonald, who apparently has been thinking about this holiday greeting since sometime last Spring, defined prolific offenders as residents with ten or more criminal convictions. Property offenders have been accused of theft. Gang members and drug dealers are people the police think are gang members and drug dealers.

The mass mailing is called “Operation Resolution,” according to Constable MacDonald, because police believe portraying Santa as a Storm Trooper will be “a reminder that the recipients have the opportunity to make different choices in life if they ‘resolve’ to do so.”

The greeting inside the card reads, “We believe it is never too late to make a better choice for your life. For the sake of your family and for your own sake, consider 2013 the year you choose a new and better life.” MacDonald said he hoped the photo and the message inside would “provoke reflection and change.” The interior of the card also includes the phone number for a local “helpline.” The Constable told the Times, “the department already receives phone calls from people asking for help to leave the gang lifestyle. Whoever phones the helpline will get a call back from someone with particular expertise or who already knows the individual from previous contact.”

Helpline

MacDonald did not tell the local paper who will run the “helpline.” Presumably, the number will ring a phone at the police station.

Maggie Aronoff, who runs the local John Howard Society is skeptical about the Christmas Card. John Howard was a 18th Century prison reformer. The group was founded to help prisoners reentering society find housing, clothing and a job. Aronoff said, “You’ve got a mixed message with a Santa with gun and bullet proof vest. I’m not sure who would reach out to that…. Kids might view that. What kind of relationship with police is this setting up?”

The Santa Goon on the front of the card wearing body armor, what appears to be multiple M-4 assault rifles, tear gas grenades, a Fritz helmet and extra magazines is really local Police Chief Bob Rich. The same card, with a different greeting, will be sent to the city’s politicians including the mayor and whoever else gets Christmas cards from the cops.

 

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29 Responses to “Merry Operation Resolution!”

  1. Jim666 Says:

    @ Abraham Iker

    Your first post on this comment section sounded like something a cop would post,
    Whether you are or not, your comment sounded as such.

  2. Bill Says:

    Abe: Got it and replied. Hope you’re well too.
    Bill

  3. Abraham Iker Says:

    Sieg,

    My email adress is abrahamiker(at)gmail(dot) com.

  4. Abraham Iker Says:

    Bill, I am indeed the same Abe. I have not seen anyone posting under this name other than me. Check your email.

    I hope all is well.

  5. Bill Says:

    Abraham Iker: We corresponded briefly a while back. You don’t seem like that person. I may well be wrong. If there is only one of you, please lob back a clue, or more if you wish, about what we discussed, or what it is you do.
    Thanks

  6. Abraham Iker Says:

    Sieg, I don’t dispute the repeated criminal activity of various law enforcement agencies, most if not all at some level. I was not pointing a finger at anyone here nor any MC’s with members who post here. I am not a cop, but I write reports. That style may be the source of confusion, if any exists. Though I have been called worse.

    Those cards will likely end up in the hands of the wrongly accused as well as people who legitimately need to make better choices. The way I see it, the worse that is likely to happen is to piss someone off, and the best is that it could influence someone to make better choices. Low risk to high reward. Someone’s “better choices” talk convinced my mother to put down the pipe and be a mom again. The arrest also helped with that. Oddly enough the arrest was for a bullshit charge. I dont have ill will about it, because she ended up better off because of it.

    Fuck the crooked cops and the junkies. Fuck gun control.

    Dont fuck holdays cards, I like some fucking cards.

    Anyone have a response to my earlier question?

  7. Mac Says:

    Merry Christmas!

  8. Junior Says:

    MacDonald struck at the core of the issue when he stated “consider 2013 the year you choose a new and better life”

    Thats the problem, MacDonald thinks his way of life is “good”/”better” than someone else’s. I say FUCK YOU MACDONALD! -Junior

  9. IrishDragon Says:

    Rebel and all the regulars,

    Happy Holidays. Ride safe and be safe.

    IrishDragon

  10. Glenn S. Says:

    Rebel said: “And, for all the people who are worried about the site being hacked by the ATF or the FBI, the directories are all secured.”

    It did kinda cross my mind that you, me, or the internets in general might be being spied upon. Its a paranoid time in which we live. Thanks for the reassurance that my paranoia is, once again, unfounded. I’ll continue to hold the paranoia close, for when its needed, if for no other reason than to keep me sharp.

    And Merry Christmas to you and to all the regulars here, Rebel. The ride home from work was a little chilly tonight and I hope its warm and dry out there.

  11. Ronbo Says:

    For those who can carry a weapon check out
    usconcealcarry.net it’s free and full of good info.
    or 877-677-1919 m-f 8-8 cst Sat. 9-2 cst
    Be safe by being ready.

  12. Rebel Says:

    Dear RLG,

    Do you know my favorite thing about you? You’re more paranoid than I am.

    Merry Christmas,
    Rebel

  13. Ronbo Says:

    Rebel,
    Thanks for the column, only had a computer for 5 months but been reading you that long. Good stuff.getting your books soon. Wonder if you’ve heard of the East Bay Dragons? Just read the book was pretty good. Also read one percenter by Dave Nichols from Easy rider mag.
    Look forward to your solumn every day.
    Ride safe, Ronbo

  14. RLG Says:

    Of course, if this site HAD been compromised the attackers would be able to post here as Rebel…

    ;-]

  15. Sieg Says:

    Strong aroma of bacon floating through here.

    Hey Abraham…

    “As long as they focus on those with a definite history of repeated criminal behavior and trying to prevent street gangs from growing that is.”

    Only group with a definite history of repeated criminal behavior around here is the pigs.

    FTF / FTP
    TOSIAR

  16. Tooj Says:

    just an error message in the PHP library. no data is involved with that sort of thing.

  17. Jim666 Says:

    Glenn the same shit has been attached to my and some others post, I was wondering the same thing,

  18. Rebel Says:

    Dear Glenn,

    Yeah. I am hearing about this about every hour or so. I installed the most recent update to WordPress within the last day. WordPress is the software that provides a framework for the words and pictures on this site. Apparently, the update has some bugs. So when you find one, the bugs are telling you, the end user, where they are. The long string of words describes an address in a subdirectory on the host server. And, for all the people who are worried about the site being hacked by the ATF or the FBI, the directories are all secured.

    Sorry about that. I hope to have iot cleared up real soon now.

    Merry Christmas,
    Rebel

  19. Rashomon Says:

    I’d like to see the Jewish and Quanza versions personally – they may be quite entertaining.

  20. Glenn S. Says:

    This is attaching itself to my posts for awhile:

    Warning: Missing argument 2 for wpdb::prepare(), called in /home/donniesouthphilly/agingrebel.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-ajax-edit-comments/lib/class.core.php on line 470 and defined in /home/donniesouthphilly/agingrebel.com/wp-includes/wp-db.php on line 990

    Wonder what it is.

  21. Glenn S. Says:

    Nevermind, its gone now. Something about “Warning:Missing arguement…” was on my post.

  22. Glenn S. Says:

    What the fuck is all that on my post?

  23. Glenn S. Says:

    I’m not as angry about this as I am when, say, the cops kill somebody and then detain the guy that used his cell phone to take a video of the event (which was said to show a different version of events than the official one) and confiscate his cell phone as “evidence”, as someone told the local newspaper happened here in Greenville, SC a few weeks back. I’m not as angry about this as I am when I hear of law enforcement agents infiltrating fraternal groups and then enticing people to commit crimes, which they then arrest them for. I’m not as angry about this as I am about laws that send people to prison for decades or forever for relatively minor offenses, or laws that criminalize behavior that harms nobody but, perhaps, the “criminal”. I’m not nearly as angry about this as I am when yet another Tough New Law gets passed that allows the government to further ignore the Bill of Rights.

    I do wonder how the cops would react if they were recipients of cards (addressed to their homes) that featured a picture of a member of one of their targeted groups with an array of weaponry, captioned: “It’s
    not too late for a better career choice.”

    If I lived in that city, I’d probably be on the mailing list for those cards. I’d probably shake my head sadly, toss the card in the trash, and then go about my business.

  24. Abraham Iker Says:

    I think this is actually clever. Not quite the “just teach them to love” approach, and not quite the throw the book at the side either. As long as they focus on those with a definite history of repeated criminal behavior and trying to prevent street gangs from growing that is.

    The difference between a junkie or career criminal and a successful, happy, healthy person is just their series of choices. I like that they are putting that message out there.

    Will the cards end up scaring some kid? I doubt it. Will someone get mad at being accused of being a gang member by christmas card? Probobly. Should the politicians recieve the same card? Certainly.

    I didnt catch the relevance to motorcycles or MCs in this article. I kinda get the angle of the militarization of the police force.

    To the previous posters, and this is meant to learn your perspective, not accusitory. You guys are regulars, not trolls of course: Why do you think this is a bad idea? What would you suggest they do instead?

    Rebel, with the same sentiment of respect and curiosity: Is this an anti-militarization thing or just an interreating piece of news?

  25. Phuquehed Says:

    Cities seem to find and hire the *DUMBEST* fucking morons they can find to work for them! This pig probably couldn’t think his way out of a single wrap of single-ply wet toilet paper! He’s such a badass he had to dress up like santa and then put on all his toys to show out how badass and brave he is when he goes after someone who ‘steals property’…hell, everyone knows that property thieves are the meanest, cruelest, most gangsta fuckers on the planet and will have a bunch of their other thief friends come and spray paint your house if you fuck with them!

    I just can’t get past the fucking *STUPID* in this whole thing…a fucking christmas card with a santa and an M16?! This dipshit pig has been smoking the crack he’s been taking off the busts of all the supposed ‘gangbangers’ in that town for way too long.

  26. WWB Says:

    POLICE -> biggest “Outlaw Gang” in the world

    If they had sent me that card I’d have shit in it and sent it back

    WWB

  27. Not Surprised Says:

    Fuck it. I’m tired. Tired of always looking over my shoulder, tensing up each time I hear the gravel in the driveway crunch under the sound of strange tires, tired of living like a trapped star fish in a Mason jar all the time, exposed and slowly suffocating.

    I DO deserve a new life based on good choice….dang it.

    Laugh if you want..This is for my family.

  28. Erudite Hillbilly Says:

    Oh yes, the image of a militarized policeman in body armor holding an SBR entry gun will always “provoke reflection and change.” Not! Shows who the real thugs and gang members are though.

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