Po­lice vis­i­bil­ity tops list on pri­or­ity sur­vey

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

The Drumheller Polic­ing Com­mit­tee has re­leased the re­sults of its sur­vey and pin­points po­lice vis­i­bil­ity as be­ing top of the list of community pri­or­i­ties.

Ev­ery year the Polic­ing Com­mit­tee makes avail­able a short sur­vey for res­i­dents to gauge what they be­lieve are polic­ing pri­or­i­ties. Lead­ing up to the Drumheller RCMP iden­ti­fy­ing its pri­or­i­ties, the com­mit­tee tab­u­lates the re­sults of the sur­vey to aid the po­lice.

Chair of the com­mit­tee, Larry Coney, says in the last month 294 res­i­dents filled out the sur­vey. While the re­sults are short of last year’s, Coney said one pri­or­ity many wished to see was a more vis­i­ble po­lice pres­ence.

“The ma­jor­ity of the com­ments were for po­lice to get out of their ve­hi­cles and walk about town. Young peo­ple un­der 18 would like to see more pres­ence of the RCMP at schools, es­pe­cially dur­ing peak times, and se­niors would just like them to drop in and have a cof­fee,” said Coney.

The sur­vey showed that over the last year 41 per cent of the re­spon­dents say they have not had con­tact with the po­lice. Coney says that is a pos­i­tive.

“It means they didn’t get tick­ets, or get ar­rested, or were vic­tims of crime,” he said. Prop­erty re­lated crimes were high on the list with 62 per cent say­ing break and en­ters were a concern, 55 per cent felt prop­erty crimes and van­dal­ism was con­cern­ing and 50 per cent cited theft from ve­hi­cles.

In­ter­est­ingly, break and en­ter to busi­nesses saw only six per cent of res­i­dents nam­ing as a concern.

Al­most 52 per cent of re­spon­dents cited drugs and traf­fick­ing of drugs as a ma­jor concern. Coney says that feel­ing was high among youths.

Safety on road­ways was also a large concern with 53 per cent say­ing dis­tracted driv­ing is a pri­or­ity, 33 per cent say­ing speed­ing was a concern and 24 per­cent said stunt­ing drag rac­ing was an is­sue.

The sur­vey also asked what po­lice in the community do well and traffic en­force­ment ranked high. Coney said only about one per cent of the com­ments about traffic en­force­ment were neg­a­tive. While the polic­ing com­mit­tee had heard a few com­plaints through­out the year, it was not re­flected in the sur­vey.

“Over­all peo­ple are happy about polic­ing,” said Coney.

He ex­plains that the sur­vey is made avail­able to the lo­cal de­tach­ment and the RCMP K Divi­sion. The sur­vey can be con­sid­ered when the lo­cal RCMP es­tab­lishes its pri­or­i­ties.

mailphoto by Patrick Ko­lafa

The Polic­ing Com­mit­tee has re­leased the re­sults of its an­nual sur­vey. Polic­ing Com­mit­tee Chair Larry Coney and Staff Sergeant Kevin Charles.

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