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Quote of the Week
“I think we’re in so deep we have to go along with it.”
- Councillor Ian MacLeod  
- on funding the wading   
pool project   

 

 
Police coverage throughout the region is sectioned into different areas by lines drawn on a map, but those different areas are now working more closely together under a new regional policing model being tried out in southwest Alberta.
Inspector Joe McGeough of the RCMP appeared before council on Tuesday, November 24, to explain the new system and why it is being tried. The three detachments in this area, he said –– Crowsnest Pass, Pincher Creek, and Piikani –– are one of four areas in southern Alberta experimenting with new methods of supervision, backup, and service delivery.
Inspector McGeough told council that he was tasked with a review of backup and service delivery in southern Alberta, and found that there was a gap in supervision. Senior officers were often not working on weekends or evenings, leaving younger officers in the field with no one to call upon if a high risk situation should develop, and no one to assign backup from another detachment if necessary.
While no final decisions have been made, he said, there are currently four models being tried in different parts of southern Alberta. In our area, that trial model is known as regional policing.
 
The model alternates schedules so that there is always a supervisory officer, such as a corporal or sergeant, on duty in at least one of the three detachments. Officers from any of the three detachments can call upon the supervisory officer, and the supervisor can assign extra manpower from one detachment area to another if a situation warrants it.
This will allow the RCMP to plan better and share resources to cover shortages, said Inspector McGeough, increasing safety and service delivery without losing community contact, command structure, or existing boundaries.
He added that many of the existing boundaries were created because a horse could only walk so far in a day, which is no longer an issue.
"The biggest change for you guys isn't really any change," he told council. "It's trying to look beyond our small town policing and look at the whole area. How do we ensure there's a supervisor out there?"
The inspector added that they will be reviewing all of the models being tested on a monthly basis, to look at what works and what doesn't.
Councillor Dean Ward said there was a concern that this could lead to reduced policing numbers in some areas by shifting members back and forth. Inspector McGeough said that he hoped it could instead lead to justification for more members total throughout the region, based on the needs of the region as a whole rather than the crime levels of individual communities.
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