The 2017-18 Red Deer RCMP Annual Policing Plan (APP) priorities were released today and show a continued focus on property crime and high risk youth, as well as a focus on police and community relationships, public education, and building and maintaining quality of service, including increased police attendance at break and enters.
“Crime continues to be a top priority for the community, as seen in the Ipsos survey results released by The City of Red Deer today,” said Paul Goranson, director of the newly formed Protective Services division, which brings RCMP, Emergency Services and Fire together under one umbrella. “The APP presents a key opportunity for City Council to work closely with RCMP to establish policing priorities, and the organizational shift to a Protective Services division enables us to focus even more on support of those priorities.”
The 2017-18 APP, which runs on the RCMP fiscal year from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, has identified the following five priorities:
- Reduce property crime through continued management of habitual offenders and through development of a number of internal and external education campaigns.
- Prevent and reduce incidence of crime involving youth through continued implementation of the Youth Intervention Program, with a focus on youth within the High Risk Coalition, the number of youth reported missing and increased engagement with youth involved in the criminal justice system.
- Build and maintain positive relationships within the RCMP and with police partners, with a focus on implementing a number of public campaigns.
- Increase communication with downtown stakeholders and increase RCMP presence in the downtown.
- Build and maintain quality of service, with a focus on increasing the number of call backs to victims and increasing police attendance at break and enters.
“Red Deer RCMP saw success last year with our crime reduction strategy and youth intervention strategies and we’re looking forward to building on that. As well, we’re pushing to increase communication with the public and do a better job of telling the stories – the good stories where we’re putting away the bad guys, the stories that show our investment in the community, and increased public education,” said Superintendent Ken Foster, Officer in Charge at Red Deer RCMP detachment. “RCMP have identified measurables for each priority that we will report back on to Council and the community.”
“The progress we are collaboratively making on achieving the objectives set out in the 2017-18 annual policing plan speaks to the commitment of not only The City and Red Deer RCMP but of the many citizens in our community who work to reduce crime and increase public safety. The community continues to have safety as top priority, therefore The City will continue to elevate safety as our top priority,” said Mayor Tara Veer.
For more detailed information, please see the Red Deer RCMP 2017-2018 Annual Policing Plan (pdf)
For more information, please contact:
Director, Protective Services
The City of Red Deer
Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer