RCMP seeks to en­gage more with com­mu­nity

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The RCMP re­cently held a Town Hall meet­ing in Moose Jaw to em­pha­size their goal of deep­en­ing en­gage­ment with the lo­cal com­mu­nity. Speak­ing at the Le­gion on Mon­day, April 9, Sergeant Tim Schwartz, De­tach­ment Com­man­der at the RCMP, says the town hall meet­ing is one of the steps the RCMP is tak­ing in widen­ing en­gage­ment with the com­mu­nity. High­light­ing ru­ral crime sta­tis­tics, Sgt. Schwartz says it has be­come even more cru­cial for com­mu­nity en­gage­ment, as this will help in preventing and solv­ing crimes. “Ru­ral crime has been a con­cern pro­vin­cial-wide here in Saskatchewan and what we want to do is to en­gage our com­mu­ni­ties. Part of my task as de­tach­ment com­man­der is that I en­gage our RM Coun­cils, Town Coun­cils, May­ors and coun­cil­lors through­out the year to es­tab­lish pri­or­i­ties and ini­tia­tives,” Sgt. Schwartz said. “Some­times we’re not able to reach out di­rectly to com­mu­nity mem­bers so by hav­ing a meet­ing like this, we’re able to hear their con­cerns. We want to en­gage the com­mu­nity and al­low them to un­der­stand the ex­pec­ta­tions of the po­lice and their ex­pec­ta­tions es­pe­cially as land and home own­ers. We en­gage them in what they can do to pro­tect their com­mu­ni­ties and if they are vic­tims of crime, they can know that they can phone us and ex­pect that we are there to re­solve their is­sues by work­ing to­gether.” He noted that in or­der to stem ru­ral crimes, the po­lice and the com­mu­nity must work to­gether. “The other idea is also to rally the com­mu­ni­ties to work as a team so that if there is sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity, they can maybe try to flush out the prob­lem or they can be the ears and eyes for the po­lice so that we can en­gage or be pointed in the right di­rec­tion and fol­low up with the vic­tims.” He added that even though this is the first meet­ing, the RCMP will en­gage more dur­ing the year as well as with other com­mu­ni­ties. “This meet­ing is the first for the year but we will be hav­ing a fol­low up meet­ing in the fall. We will also be reach­ing out to other com­mu­ni­ties, not only Moose Jaw, to en­gage more, as well. This will al­low us to en­gage with even more peo­ple and ex­pand our meet­ings with these open ses­sions where peo­ple can come in and talk about some of their con­cerns and how we can bet­ter work to­gether.” “From an RCMP per­spec­tive, there is an ex­pec­ta­tion that our de­tach­ments be en­gaged in and with the com­mu­nity. That means con­sult­ing with res­i­dents and com­mu­nity lead­ers (as we are do­ing to­day at this Town Hall) to es­tab­lish polic­ing pri­or­i­ties and as­sist­ing with pub­lic safety is­sues. We are com­mit­ted to hav­ing reg­u­lar com­mu­ni­ca­tion with com­mu­nity lead­ers, pro­vide re­ports and up­dates, be in­volved in com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties and events when pos­si­ble, and through these and nu­mer­ous other means, de­velop pos­i­tive trust­ing re­la­tion­ships with the com­mu­nity,” he con­tin­ued. “We need en­gaged, in­volved cit­i­zens con­tribut­ing to com­mu­nity safety just as we need en­gaged in­volved po­lice of­fi­cers. Ru­ral Crime Watch is a great ex­am­ple of en­gage­ment from the com­mu­nity and what’s pos­si­ble when peo­ple come to­gether with a com­mon goal of re­port­ing sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity and re­duc­ing crime in their area. Polic­ing is only one as­pect of com­mu­nity safety. We all need to work to­gether on both the preven­tion side and the en­force­ment side.” He out­lined that per­sons can be­come more in­volved by: • get­ting in­volved within your com­mu­nity and your po­lice ser­vice • help­ing to or­ga­nize a lo­cal Ru­ral Crime Watch or Cit­i­zens on Pa­trol Pro­gram • meet­ing with your lo­cal po­lice ser­vice/ de­tach­ment com­man­der—ad­vise them of your con­cerns and help es­tab­lish those com­mu­nity safety pri­or­i­ties. He also out­lined ways in which com­mu­nity mem­bers can pro­tect their prop­er­ties. “We can­not em­pha­size enough that peo­ple need to do ev­ery­thing within rea­son to se­cure their prop­erty and pro­tect them­selves. Some of the ways per­sons can pro­tect their prop­er­ties are to: safe­guard valu­ables, out­build­ings, fuel tanks; re­move keys from ve­hi­cles; pho­to­graph valu­ables and record se­rial num­bers; have video cam­eras / trail cam­eras at non-oc­cu­pied farm­yards; post signs that say you’re on cam­era – preven­tion; stay ob­ser­vant; watch out for your prop­erty and your neigh­bors’; re­port crime and other sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity to the po­lice; do not at­tempt to sub­due or pur­sue sus­pects. The RCMP’s de­tach­ment lo­cal num­ber is 306-691-4670, or 310-RCMP (7267). These num­bers get you im­me­di­ately to de­tach­ment in Regina that will link you with Po­lice Ser­vices in Moose Jaw.

“Polic­ing is only one as­pect of com­mu­nity safety. We all need to work to­gether on both the preven­tion side and the en­force­ment side.” RCMP De­tach­ment com­man­der, Sergeant Tim Schwartz

RCMP De­tach­ment com­man­der, Sergeant Tim Schwartz ad­dresses com­mu­nity mem­bers at the Town Hall meet­ing.

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