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Council sets police priorities for next two years

May 14, 2018 1:23 PM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

After hearing from the community, City Council has set their policing priorities for the next two years. The priorities were formally adopted at this evening’s regular Council meeting and will be implemented by the Red Deer RCMP as part of their Annual Policing Plan (APP).

“We engaged with citizens to better understand their priorities when it comes to policing and community safety,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “The information and data we collected from citizens was extremely valuable for Council as we considered where we should focus our policing efforts. The drug trade, property crime and downtown issues continue to be areas of concern, and this is reflected in Council’s adopted priorities for the next two years.”

Council’s policing priorities for 2018/19 and 2019/20 are:

  • Drugs and property crime
  • Downtown
  • Level of service and responsivness

Within each priority area, objectives and goals have been set, which will be measured and reported on over the next two years.

“We’re working closely with our colleagues at the RCMP to ensure Council’s priorities are reflected in this year’s APP,” said Paul Goranson, Director of Protective Services. “The APP is developed annually and determines the priorities our local police force will focus on in the year ahead,” said Goranson.

A community engagement process occurred in March and included a phone and web survey, along with conversations at The City’s annual Let’s Talk event. Four-hundred respondents answered the statistically valid phone survey and more than 500 people completed the web survey.

For more information, contact:

Mayor Tara Veer
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8154

Paul Goranson
Director, Protective Services
The City of Red Deer
403-406-8805

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8147

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