Polic­ing com­mit­tee seeks in­put into en­force­ment pri­or­i­ties

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

The Drumheller RCMP and the Drumheller Polic­ing Com­mit­tee are look­ing for feed­back from res­i­dents into polic­ing pri­or­i­ties for the com­ing year.

An­nu­ally, the Drumheller RCMP re­views pri­or­i­ties and works with the polic­ing com­mit­tee to iden­tify where res­i­dents would like to see po­lice fo­cus its at­ten­tions.

“It is al­ways good at the time we are do­ing our an­nual per­for­mance plan, to get more in­put from the com­mu­nity,” said Fred Makowecki, chair of the Drumheller polic­ing com­mit­tee.

To that end, they are di­rect­ing res­i­dents to di­nosaur­val­ley.com where there is a short sur­vey that Drumhel­lerites can fill out anony­mously to pro­vide feed­back on where they feel po­lice re­sources should be di­rected. While the sur­vey is al­ways avail­able, Makowecki says they have re­vamped it a lit­tle bit.

"We have added some ques- tions and added some pos­i­tive things, places where peo­ple can an­swer what they feel po­lice are do­ing pos­i­tive,” said Makowecki.

“It is a form I would like to see evolve so we are get­ting more in­for­ma­tion the po­lice need to make good de­ci­sions on re­sources," said Makowecki.

Staff Sergeant Grant MacDon­ald ap­pre­ci­ates work­ing with a ded­i­cated group to as­sist in iden­ti­fy­ing th­ese pri­or­i­ties.

“What makes Drumheller stand out is that it has a func­tional and ac­tive polic­ing com­mit­tee which pro­vides di­rec­tion, guid­ance and over­sight to us lo­cally,” he said. “In the past, when de­vel­op­ing our an­nual per­for­mance plan, I would com­plete con­sul­ta­tions with clients, part­ners and stake­hold­ers by hold­ing meet­ings, but I have never had the chance to have an on­line sur­vey as a com­po­nent.”

Makowecki says he has seen Drumheller RCMP Staff Sergeant Grant MacDon­ald and chair of the Drumheller Polic­ing Com­mit­tee Fred Makowecki are work­ing to­gether to iden­tify polic­ing pri­or­i­ties for the com­ing year and are seek­ing in­put from res­i­dents.

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