RCMP local superintendent plans to focus on crime reduction and community engagement in 2022

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A new survey launched by Strathcona County asks for your opinion on local law enforcement priorities.

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The survey, which recently ran on the Strathcona County Online Opinion Panel (SCOOP) and at strathcona.ca/policing, asks respondents what they think Strathcona County RCMP and law enforcement agencies should prioritize for 2022/2023.

Superintendent Dale Kendall, the officer in charge of the Strathcona County RCMP, expects crime reduction and community engagement to be top priorities for residents.

“My goals are to refine our approach to crime reduction, to strengthen and foster the trust and commitment already established with our community and to focus on the well-being of our members / teams here at 911 Bison Way, ”Kendall said. “Ensuring inclusiveness and celebrating diversity both within our detachment and with our community as a whole is also vital and an ongoing goal moving forward. “

The Superintendent said she was very excited about the future of our policing strategies.

This is the first year the county has offered a police service survey. Kendall said she was thrilled to see the results.

“In previous years, other indirect forms of intelligence gathering have been used to create and implement annual policing priorities,” Kendall said. “This year, Strathcona County RCMP and Law Enforcement are looking to take a much more direct and proactive approach by reaching out directly to our community in our efforts to solicit input from our residents for a benefit. relevant and optimal services for the coming year.

Kendall believes the county is a safe community to live, work and play and that crimes against people have both increased and decreased at various times throughout the year.

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“There are many complex factors that contribute to the perpetuation of crimes against people in any community, including our own,” she said. “The police are often called upon to intervene only after serious events have occurred. Here at the Strathcona County RCMP, we work collaboratively and consistently with our relevant community partners and are key stakeholders in the Strathcona County Community Safety and Welfare Committee, to provide community support to vulnerable sectors.

Kendall said the goal is to work with these community members before a crisis occurs to reduce incidents.

“It really takes a village,” Kendall added.

The superintendent said analyzes, such as the Crime Severity Index, crime statistics and the number of criminal code investigations, show the community to be safe.

“Anecdotal comments from our community partners, stakeholders and community members also support this,” Kendall said. “That doesn’t mean there isn’t criminal activity here. This is why we are asking the public what they think of what our policing priorities should be for the coming year. “

This year, the superintendent hopes to be able to organize more community engagement events in the county and hopes to host town halls. Town halls may, however, have to switch to an online format due to the pandemic and public safety.

You can complete the Strathcona County Policing and Law Enforcement Priorities Survey until Wednesday, January 19 at strathcona.ca/policing.

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