RCMP seeking community input
Officers at local RCMP detachment schedule town hall meetings to hear from residents as police establish their annual performance plan for the coming year.
INVERNESS — Officers at the local RCMP detachment have scheduled three town hall meetings for this week to hear from residents as police establish their annual performance plan for the coming year.
“By having these meetings, the RCMP is able to set objectives and target certain issues throughout the year,” Cpl. Mark MacPherson said in a news release.
The meetings, all to be held in local fire halls, start Tuesdayat 7 p.m. at the Margaree Volunteer Fire Department and continue the next day at 7 p.m. in Port Hood. A final meeting will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. in Mabou.
Inverness RCMP are also planning a meeting in Cheticamp and possibly other communities in the detachment area, said Staff Sgt. Craig Seafoot, but none have been scheduled yet.
Provincial statistics posted online at the Department of Finance’s Community Counts website show the overall incidence of crime in the Inverness detachment area dropped from 2007-2008. However, the statistics also showed the 2008 rate of violent crime was up 44 per cent over the previous year, while non-violent crime was down 18.9 per cent.
Seafoot said police use crime data to target enforcement, but he added local input is important.
At a meeting in mid-January in Pleasant Bay, Seafoot said, area residents identified arson and break-ins as local priorities. He said police will focus on enforcement they believe is important and will include local considerations in the annual performance plan.
“We put it all into our plan,” he said.