POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 53 BRIDGEWATER — A small copper plaque sits atop a larger one honouring 33 men and women who died in the Second World War. Etched on it is the name Cpl. Paul Davis, the first to be added to the cenotaph since 1946. The 28-year-old former Bridgewater resident died in Afghanistan on March 2, 2006. His name joins those of 101 other Bridgewater-area men and women killed in the two world wars. Four granite pillars around the cenotaph in the Veterans Memorial Park honour those who fought in conflicts in Europe, Korea and the Persian Gulf. The local legion has spent $200,000 over the past four years creating a “lovely park” said Roger Purnell, who chaired the legion committee overseeing the refurbishment. Toddlers run on the grass, seniors sit on the benches and high school students have impromptu picnics. “It’s now become a major park in the middle of town but it still holds that wonderful remembrance for the fallen.” Skateboarders use it, as do courting youngsters, and Mr. Purnell thinks that’s just wonderful. “We’ve created something that’s living.” The park has been vandalized, too. Four brass nameplates were stolen from benches and have to be replaced at a cost of about $1,500 each. The most recent incident was just before Remembrance Day when three beer bottles were smashed against the cenotaph. But if anything like that happens again, it’ll be caught on tape, thanks to a video surveillance system bought by some retired RCMP officers. The South Shore district of the RCMP Veterans’ Association received a $15,000 federal grant to buy the system. “When you’re in the RCMP they always told us to get involved in the community,” said Dave Waterhouse, and that’s something the 80 retired Mounties from Chester to Shelburn want to continue. Many of them also give back as members of their local Lions and Rotary clubs, legion and churches, said Mr. Waterhouse, who retired nearly 10 years ago after almost 30 years service. The retired officers worked with the local legion to install the system late last fall. Images are fed into the Bridgewater police headquarters, where they are monitored 24 hours a day. “We have enough cameras to cover the whole park,” said Mr. Waterhouse. Bridgewater Police Chief Brent Crowhurst said he thinks the system is a good deterrent. “We’ve not had any problems since it was installed and hopefully those who are prone to such acts are aware there is video surveillance and it’s being fed to the police dispatch centre live and monitored.” Police have the same setup at the Bridgewater Mall and at the Bridgewater and Parkview high schools. “We haven’t had to rely on it but if something happens there’s a record of it,” Chief Crowhurst said. And if police get called to an incident at either of the schools, they can check the video cameras and know what they’re dealing with before they get there. ( By BEVERLEY WARE Electronic Eye on Vandals Bridgewater police dispatcher Susan LeBlanc keeps an eye on Veterans Memorial Park. Local retired RCMP officers received a grant to install a surveillance system. Surveillance system installed after damage at veterans park As originally published The Chronicle Herald, January 23, 2008 Surveillance cameras watch over Veterans Memorial Park in Bridgewater.