May 16th, 2018 ~ Vol. 89 No. 20
Council updates: RCMP report, strategic plan
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Crowsnest Pass Municipal Council from left tor right: Councillors Marlene Anctil, Dave Filipuzzi, Doreen Glavin, Mayor Blair Painter, Councillors Lisa Sygutek, Gordon Lundy and Dean Ward.
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2017 Year End RCMP Review

RCMP Staff Sergeant Gregory Wiebe presented the statistics on file counts for 2017 for the Crowsnest Pass detachment, which covers the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass, Lunbreck and the MD of Ranchlands.
The report showed very minimal change from 2016 to 2017.

In total, 2,546 files were generated in 2017 through the Police Reporting and Occurrence System (PROS). PROS files include calls for service from the public as well as self-generated and proactive files. Over the past four years, this is the lowest number of files generated, with the highest number in 2013 at 2,876.

In 2016, a comparable 2,547 files were generated.

The most common types of files that were generated in 2017 included moving traffic violations, motor vehicle collisions and false alarms.

The report showed that the summer months generated the highest number of reports. In a 24-hour period, the hours between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. generally got the lowest amount of reports.

Sgt. Wiebe also presented statistics for the first quarter of 2018 that represented the months of January to March.

To date, the Crowsnest Pass detachment generated 496 files, a 24.9% increase over 2017. Sgt. Wiebe attributes the increase to poor weather continuing into late spring.

The top three most frequent offenses were motor vehicle collisions, assistance to general public and suspicious occurrences.
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For 2018, Sgt. Wiebe said the detachment will make Highway 22 a known place for policing by increasing RCMP visibility along that corridor.

The detachment is also considering increased traffic enforcement along Highway 3 to address traffic violations that occur during morning commute.

Sgt. Wiebe noted an increase in vehicle break-ins as of late, but pointed out that in most cases, an item inside the vehicle had attracted the thief.

Council requested that Sgt. Wiebe bring back a comparison of crime statistics between Crowsnest Pass and neighbouring municipalities at a future meeting.

Strategic Plan

Council has begun discussions about the municipal strategic plan, and indicated that they wish to get the public involved and contribute prior to approving any sort of plan.

In June 2017, Council tentatively approved the Moving Forward Draft Strategic Plan that they spent several days creating with the guidance of former Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Lorrie O’Brien. With O'Brien's resignation several months later and Council never officially endorsing the document, the strategic plan was never instated into action.

Current CAO Patrick Thomas brought up the issue with Council, seeking guidance on whether Council would like to re-work the draft plan from 2017 or create one from scratch.

Council felt that the previous draft strategic plan was driven by Administration and lacked Council input.
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“When we went through this process last year, I don't think it was Council's strategic plan. We were guided like a ship in the water. I would like us see to start this process again and make this Council's plan," said Councillor Dean Ward. "Also, with two new members [on Council], it's another reason to go back to the start."

Several councillors also pointed out that they felt the plan lacked concrete objectives and goals.

“This is the fluffiest strategic plan I've ever seen," said Councillor Lisa Sygutek. "There's not a lot of substance to it. There's no mention of where our future is, or what we want to actually do."

Council ultimately decided they would like to develop a strategic plan from scratch based on input from the public and community groups.

The four-year strategic plan is a foundation document that outlines the municipality's vision for Crowsnest Pass and establishes strategic goals and critical priorities to achieve. The strategic plan is used to inform the budget and as a guide for Administration and Council to improve the quality of life for Crowsnest Pass residents. The document is revisited annually by Council during to budget stage to reaffirm key strategic initiatives and to set priorities for Administration.

The plan is generally approved in Year 2 of Council's term in order to function in the latter three years of Council's term as well as Year 1 of new Council's term, allowing the newly elected Council to operate smoothly during the election transitional period.

The process of drafting a strategic plan also involves community and municipal groups input to ensure that the municipality is moving in the same direction.
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