Fort Macleod RCMP want the community’s input into policing priorities.
Cpl. Bryan Mucha told town council last week he is preparing the annual performance plan for the detachment.
“It’s our effort to involve community leadership and ask your input into what we should be doing in the community,” Mucha said.
The annual performance plan runs from April 1 to March 31 of the following year.
Mucha said the priorities listed in the plan must be measurable, such as speeding tickets, school visits or public presentations.
“Generally saying we need to reduce mischief in the community is very difficult,” Mucha said. “It’s hard to measure that.”
Mucha said he can measure educational presentations designed to reduce mischief, but the police cannot control the number of incidents.
Mucha said the RCMP only recently started seeking public input into the performance plan.
Input has also been sought from the MD of Willow Creek council and Granum town council.
“My purpose here is to ask you folks what your thoughts are on what you would like to see us doing for the next fiscal year,” Mucha said.
Mucha told council the priorities sometimes relate to community issues.
In previous years council has sought input from groups such as the Fort Macleod Traffic Safety Network, the Crime Prevention Advisory Committee and Family and Community Support Services.
Priorities determined for the present fiscal year included increasing the RCMP’s profile at community events, having police visit schools more often, enforce the 11 p.m. curfew for youth, and reduce drug trafficking.
The RCMP was also asked to enforce speed limits and crack down on distracted driving and impaired driving.
“With all of these in mind we created a plan,” Mucha said. “I think everything worked pretty much on target.”
Coun. Keith Trowbridge said he noticed the RCMP attending more community events.
Mucha said as an example, the RCMP set a goal of each member arresting five impaired drivers in the year, for a total of 25.
The detachment is also given priorities from the RCMP to be incorporated into the plan.
Council was asked to gather input from other community agencies and submit a list of priorities to the RCMP.
“The bottom line is we want input from the community as to what we should have as priorities,” Mucha said. “We want to make sure if there are new issues that we deal with them.”