Criminal stats for August in the City of Winkler are way down compared to last year.

Chief Rick Hiebert says in August of 2005 124 criminal code offences were filed compared to only 53 in August of this year.

In August, Hiebert had the opportunity to attend the Canadian Association of Police Chiefs conference in Newfoundland.

There he had the chance to meet Justice Minister Vic Toews amoung other dignitaries to talk about a variety of topics.

Hiebert says the Citizen On Patrol has to be commended for the great work they did during Old Time Value Days and the Harvest Festival.

He says they put in over 600 hours of were put in during those events.