Drumheller & Area Policing Committee survey points RCMP in new direction
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.