Makowecki ap­pointed Chair of Al­berta As­so­ci­a­tion of Po­lice Gover­nance

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

Fred Makowecki, chair of the Drumheller Po­lice Com­mit­tee has taken on a big­ger role be­ing ap­pointed Chair of the Al­berta As­so­ci­a­tion of Po­lice Gover­nance (AAPG).

Makowecki at­tended the an­nual AAPG con­fer­ence in Taber last week. He has served vice chair three times and this year is ex­cited to be ap­pointed chair.

“’ We are work­ing to bring more po­lice gover­nance bod­ies to­gether to share in­for­ma­tion on best prac­tices for po­lice gover­nance and over­sight,” he said.

On the lo­cal level Makowecki has been in­volved for a num­ber of years. He worked on a Crime Stop­pers Ini­tia­tive, and then with the first Cit­i­zens Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil and then helped to start up the lo­cal po­lice ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee.

“John Spar­ling and Karen Ber­tamini came up to me and said 'you don’t need to be on coun­cil, to make a dif­fer­ence in your com­mu­nity,’ and that rally stuck with me,” he said.

About seven years ago, he at­tended his first AAPG con­fer­ence and it was an eye opener.

“We learned how we could utilize the knowl­edge of other ar­eas to make polic­ing bet­ter in our com­mu­nity,” Makowecki.

He then came in­volved at the board level shortly there­after and be­gan to un­der­stand the im­por­tance of work­ing on pol­icy lob­by­ing and gover­nance. “Canada is strong with its over sight, and Al­berta has an ex­cep­tion­ally strong model for over­sight , es­pe­cially when polic­ing is pro­vided mostly by the RCMP,” he said.

“I still think that on a lo­cal level, or on a pro­vin­cial level that public in­put is important,” he said.

He would like to work to­wards gover­nance or­ga­ni­za­tions in the prov­ince to be all work­ing on the same page.

“Mov­ing to­wards a stan­dard­iza­tion for over­sight and work­ing with the RCMP would be one of my goals while I am chair,” said Makowecki.

Fred Makowecki… Chair of AAPG

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