Two more campaigns coming in Abbotsford Police’s ‘Operation’ series

Abbotsford Police concluded their Operation Lodestar program this week and are planning two more campaigns.

As part of Operation Lodestar

As part of Operation Lodestar

Abbotsford Police concluded their Operation Lodestar program this week and are planning two more campaigns.

Const. Ian MacDonald said one will likely begin before spring break in March, and the other will follow not long after.

He said he could not provide details on the programs, however, he said they will surpass the previous “Operation” campaigns.

“These will trump the other ones.”

Operation Lodestar was the fourth in a series of programs designed to steer kids away from crime and the gang lifestyle. It consisted of 12 forums for parents, as well as the release of posters showing a young boy wearing gang and prison attire.

MacDonald said the program was a “huge success,” with about 2,000 people in total attending the presentations.

“Even people who thought they knew what it was to be a good parent … said they learned something.”

The programs began in September 2009 with the Operation Tarnish campaign, which involved the release of 13 posters.

That was followed in November of that year by Operation Impact, an audio-visual presentation and talk that began in local high schools and later expanded to include middle schools.

Operation Veritas was introduced in April 2010 and consisted of a series of 30-second videos depicting gang-lifestyle situations.