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Dressler named to police governance group

Werner Dressler

Coun. Werner Dressler will join the Alberta Association of Police Governance as an associate member.

Council approved Dressler’s appointment for a three-year term during their May 10 meeting at the G.R. Davis Administration Building.

“Administration is very much in support of this appointment,” Town of Fort Macleod chief administrative officer Sue Keenan said. “As council is aware we have been dealing with a lot of policing issues.”

The Alberta Association of Police Governance supports excellence in civilian governance and oversight of police services in the province.

Through the association, members have access to educational opportunities, best practices, and forums for liaison with related agencies.

The association advocates for effective police governance and oversight that is responsive to our changing environment.

The association provides input and feedback on potential changes to relevant legislation and policies.

Dressler recently took part in a day-long meeting hosted by the association, which was attended by Alberta Solicitor General Kaycee Madu.

Dressler said topics of discussion included the new police funding model, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT), crime reduction teams, police detachment staffing and education of peace officers.

“I do see a need for us to take a key step into this,” Dressler said.

Association board members are Terry Coleman of High River, John McDougall of Edmonton, Perry Brooks of Fort Saskatchewan, T.J. Zhang of Calgary, Rachel Hopf of Lethbridge, Larry Coney of Drumheller, Ian Sanderson of St. Albert, Miles Thorson of Medicine Hat and Lee Katchur of Camrose.

Associate members are Dressler, Richard Bengry of Cardston and Brian McGillivray of Pincher Creek.

In other appointments, council approved the MD of Willow Creek’s recommendation to name Anthony Burdett to the Fort Macleod Library Board.