Tuesday, February 15, 2011  
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Quote of the Week
“Education can only go so far.”
- Elizabeth Anderson  
- Crowsnest   
Conservation Society   


The Crowsnest Pass RCMP and Police Advisory Committee recently prepared a survey for residents of the Crowsnest Pass, in order to acquire feedback to be used to develop the coming year’s Annual Performance Plan (APP).
“This survey and other community consultation allow me to get feedback and to see how close I am to understanding what’s important to the community,” said Sgt. Scott Howard.
The APP is designed to allow the police to identify and target the issues and concerns of the community, and to develop police initiatives.
“What we are trying to identify are those issues that can be enforced by the Members outside of their regular response and investigative duties,” said Sgt. Howard. “The community consultation process is to ensure that we are on track with what the community would like to see us doing, and to validate those issues that we think are important.”
“I have my own ideas about what is important to the people that we police,” he said. “However, I could be way off track.”
The surveys will be mailed out with Municipal billing in early March, and will be made available at the Municipal office, the RCMP detachment in Blairmore, the Blairmore and Bellevue libraries, Remedy’s RX in Coleman, the Blairmore Post Office, Obies in Lundbreck, and the MD of Ranchland offices at Chain Lakes.
The surveys, which consist of 13 questions, must be returned no later than Thursday, March 17th.
In addition to the survey, the Crowsnest Pass RCMP is planning public gatherings where residents can discuss policing issues which can be realistically enforced by officers.
“As much as I’d like to be able to tackle the bigger picture issues, the local detachment has limitations,” said Sgt. Howard.
He said he receives a lot of feedback from people who do not like the way youths are dealt with by the Courts, and their issues with the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
However, he says there is nothing that can be done by local police to change existing legislation, as the police do not have any significant influence over the Courts or Canadian laws, and are simply guided by that legislation.
Sgt. Howard said he is looking for the public to identify issues which are Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timed (SMART).
The APP works in a three-year period, and the current initiatives come to an end at the end of March.
The initiatives for the past three years were impaired driver enforcement, speeding enforcement on Hwy 3 and Hwy 22, intersection enforcement within the municipality, drug enforcement and intelligence gathering, and positive youth interaction.
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