The Kiwanis Club’s Arrest by Request was back again, this time taking place on the fun and convenient date of April 1.
The club, which is currently 35 people strong, uses the event as a fundraiser to bring in money that they spread throughout a number of their programs for the year.
“We have scholarship programs; our biggest project that we do is our Santa’s Project where we deliver bags of candy and toys to about 1,900 kids in Lloydminster throughout grades Kindergarten to Grade 2,” said Shari Klenk, club president.
“Then there’s the Kiwanis Music Festival coming up quite quickly here.”
By the end of the day there were 46 people who were processed and passed through the jail cell, bringing in almost $3,400 for the Kiwanis to distribute across their programs.
According to past president Vera Gallant, the club has been doing Arrest by Request for at least 18 years and it takes about 15 members to pull off the event.
The Kiwanis Club hires volunteers to act as sheriffs, drivers and judges, then people can pay to have their co-workers and friends brought in on charges of their choosing.
The sheriffs show up at the “crook’s” workplace, throw the cuffs on them, and cart them off to appear in front of the judge.
After their charges are read they’re sentenced and have to spend some time behind bars.
Those brought in can pay or raise money to bail themselves out, otherwise they spend up to an hour in the makeshift pokey, which for the last three years has been set up in the Real Canadian Superstore.
This year the judge was played by long standing Kiwanis member and local politician Colleen Young.
“She’s been a Kiwanis member for quite a few years and her husband is the judge in town,” said Klenk, explaining Young’s credentials that qualify her as the designated gavel cracker.
Generally the club chooses to hold the event on a Friday in the spring, and with the prank heavy April Fools’ Day falling on one such date this year, Klenk said everything worked out well.