Drumheller & Area Polic­ing Com­mit­tee sur­vey points RCMP in new di­rec­tion

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Terri Hux­ley The Drumheller Mail

Drumheller RCMP has laid out its polic­ing pri­or­i­ties for the up­com­ing years, and it was with sup­port from the Drumheller Polic­ing Com­mit­tee.

The Chair of the com­mit­tee Fred Makowecki told coun­cil Mon­day, May 1, that have now set their pri­or­i­ties from the over­whelm­ing amount of re­sponses given. 500 to be ex­act.

Staff Sergeant Kevin Charles takes pride in the fact the com­mu­nity has a say in how the force del­e­gates their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties telling

“It’s very im­por- tant, I mean ev­ery year our par­tic­i­pa­tion in the sur­vey has in­creased sub­stan­tially which I think is won­der­ful.

“Tak­ing that po­si­tion of ‘Oh I wish the po­lice would do this, I wish the po­lice would do that’, well, here’s your op­por­tu­nity to tell me,” he said. “It’s im­por­tant as a res­i­dent of the com­mu­nity to tell me what you think we need to fo­cus on.”

The sur­vey cap­tures what the com­mu­nity wants set as pri­or­i­ties on top of al­ready del­e­gated ar­eas dic­tated by the po­lice them­selves.

“It changes slightly year to year – there’s all kinds of ex­ter­nal fac­tors as well that play into it,” said Charles. Three ar­eas of con­cern are prop­erty crime, dis­tracted driv­ing, and more po­lice vis­i­bil­ity and in­ter­ac­tion within the com­mu­nity in­clud­ing schools.

“What we see as a whole across the prov­ince would be the way the mar­ket is, loss of lots of jobs – a lot of the time, prop­erty crime will in­crease,” said Charles.

The polic­ing com­mit­tee hopes to have two ses­sions a year on top of their year round sur­vey which can be found at di­nosaur­val­ley.com

“Hav­ing it up all year is a great way at look­ing and mea­sur­ing pub­lic re­sponse whether it’s of the mo­ment or long term re­sponse,” said Fred Makowecki, Chair­man of the Drumheller and Area Polic­ing Com­mit­tee, dur­ing the coun­cil meet­ing.

They also say that peo­ple who have al­ready taken the sur­vey can al­ways come back and change their an­swer from last year as pri­or­i­ties tend to change depend­ing on sit­u­a­tions that arise.

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