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Justice minister holds town halls on rural crime

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Kaycee Madu

Solicitor General and Justice Minister Kaycee Madu wants to hear about rural crime.

Fort Macleod and district residents have a few opportunities this week to give the minister an earful.

Madu will hold town hall meetings Wednesday at Claresholm and Thursday at Cardston.

“We know crime remains a serious concern for people who live in rural Alberta,” Madu said Monday in a news release.

“That’s why we’re reaching out to rural Albertans to talk about how we can shape the future of policing in our province to build safer communities for everyone, no matter where they live.”

Madu has been meeting with municipal councils, Indigenous leaders and other stakeholders throughout Alberta since the beginning of July.

The first of seven town hall meetings was held Tuesday at Millarville.

The next town hall is Wednesday, July 21 from 6-8 p.m. at the new Town of Claresholm office, 111 55th Ave. W.

Madu then moves to Cardston for another town hall on Thursday, July 22. It runs from 9-11 a.m. at the Tanner Centennial Seniors Centre, 260 First St. W.

Madu then moves on to town halls Friday at Redcliff, Tuesday at High Level, and July 29 at Grande Prairie.

Topics will include the work of the Rural Alberta Provincial Integrated Defence (RAPID) Response initiative launched earlier this year.

Under RAPID Response,  the Alberta Sheriffs were given expanded authorities to help the RCMP on urgent calls and to investigate a wider range of traffic offences.

The RAPID teams were created to address longstanding concerns about how long it can take police to arrive at the scene of an emergency prompted the government to launch

Other town hall topics include modernization of the Police Act and the government’s study on establishing a provincial police service to replace the RCMP in Alberta.

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