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.

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY TOM AY­ERS tay­ers@cb­post.com

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.

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