Stettler RCMP Detachment. (Landin Chambers/Black Press)

Stettler RCMP review Annual Performance Plan with Town Council

Sgt. Phil Penny attended council on March 20 to go over the RCMP’s goals and priorities for 2018

The 2018 goals and priorities of the local RCMP detachment were shared with Stettler town council during their meeting on March 20.

Detachment commander Sgt. Phil Penny attended the meeting to go over the RCMP’s annual performance plan.

This document is used to track the initiatives the Mounties are working on in a given year, with insight from both the local community as well as K Division out of Edmonton.

The 2018 initiatives have a similar focus to last year in the areas of intelligence lead policing, crime reduction and police visibility.

Intelligence lead policing uses confidential informants and judicial authorizations for things like warrants to deal with a variety of crimes.

Crime reduction looks at identifying who the habitual offenders are in a community and what measures can be taken with these individuals.

Police visibility includes a community relations element to address individual community requests. Examples include boat patrols at the summer villages or foot patrols in Big Valley.

The Stettler RCMP detachment also keeps track of initiatives handed down from K Division. These aim to assure the quality of investigations, with a further focus on missing persons cases, violent relationships and sexual assault investigations to ensure they are being handled according to standard.

Sgt. Penny also spoke of initiatives they’ve been working on outside of the performance plan. He would like to see more cooperation with the Bashaw RCMP detachment to coordinate on files involving habitual offenders in the area.

Regular check-ins with the probation office were also highlighted, so the Mounties are kept aware of community members with conditions such as curfews or house arrest.

Continuing patrols in the rural areas, commercial vehicle inspections and further cooperation with Alberta Fish & Wildlife officers were other goals mentioned.

After the presentation, councillors asked what the RCMP can do about habitual offenders. It was suggested that citizens contact their MLA about the rural crime issue, as they have access to the Solicitor General who oversees the provincial court system.

Council also asked about the likelihood of additional Mounties coming to Stettler, after the province recently announced $10 million dollars to hire 39 new officers.

Sgt. Penny said, “We are better staffed in Stettler than some other detachments in Alberta, so new officers may not be sent here under that model if that’s how they are divvied out.”

The town funds eight RCMP members, including the school resource officer. Two additional members can be requested for the larger area that are funded through the province. Three highway division officers were also mentioned, but these members are not always replaced.

Due to Stettler’s population size, the town provides 70 per cent of the funding for police officers, while the province covers the other 30 percent.

Following questions, council passed a motion to accept the RCMP’s annual performance plan for 2018/19.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Stettler Lightning defeats Coaldale Copperheads in nailbiter

Stettler scores in shootout, defeating Coaldale 3-2

Stettler Wildcats go entire season undefeated

Downs Drayton Valley Warriors 28 - 7 in last game of season

Producers losing money on every barrel sold

Price for Western Canadian Oilsands bitumen so low

Singer k.d. lang receives Alberta’s highest honour

Celebrated singer-songwriter k.d. lang received the Alberta Order of Excellence in Edmonton

One of Taiwan’s fastest trains derails, killing at least 18

The train was carrying more than 360 people

Scheer marks one-year countdown to federal election with campaign-style speech

Conservative Leader insists that it will be Justin Trudeau who ‘makes it personal’

Canada Post union announces rotating strikes in four Canadian cities

Mail will still be delivered but it will be delayed

Canada condemns killing of journalist in Saudi Arabia consulate in Turkey

The Saudi government claimed Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a ‘fistfight’

One year to election: Trudeau Liberals gear up for tussles on climate, premiers

Analysts say that the Liberals have reason to be ‘fairly confident’

Payette invites critics to ‘come and spend a few days’ with her

Governor General Julie Payette made her first official to B.C. back in March

Police say suspicious death of B.C. artist ruled a homicide

Patrick Zube Aylward’s body was found in a residence on a rural road outside of Seton Portage, west of Lillooet, B.C.

Temporary roads being built in areas affected by landslide in northern B.C.

Emergency Management BC news release says Disaster Financial Assistance is available to eligible residents of the Peace River Regional District who may have been affected by the landslides

Most Read