Red Deer County News

Posted on: April 10, 2017

Red Deer County to fund an RCMP Enhanced Policing Position

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At the March 28 Council meeting, Red Deer County Council agreed to fund a plain clothes Enhanced Policing position within the Blackfalds RCMP Detachment to focus on crime reduction.

Blackfalds Detachment is one of five RCMP Detachments which police Red Deer County. It is also the busiest due to its proximity to the City of Red Deer, and the large population base. All areas are policed by the RCMP under the auspices of the Provincial Policing contract. Red Deer County does not presently fund any policing positions.

Currently, the Blackfalds RCMP Detachment has a complement of 15 Provincial members - having risen 15% from 2012 where the number was 13. In comparison, there has been a 65% increase in the file count; 108% increase in the number of Criminal Code files; 78% increase in the number of Criminal Code cases per member; and 108% increase in the number of Criminal Code cases per 1,000 population.

Blackfalds Detachment also has a municipal complement which polices the town of Blackfalds. The Provincial complement also polices parts of Lacombe County, the Village of Clive, and the Summer Village of Gull Lake.

According to experts, crime reduction is accomplished by focusing police actions towards high volume offenders and known crime hot spots. Crime has been an issue discussed frequently by Red Deer County in the past few years, and the hope is that more personnel can target these types of offenders.

Many Crime Prevention programs have been undertaken by the RCMP, the County, and citizen groups. It is felt that the provision of an enhanced policing position would help target the habitual offenders and offer some relief to our residents.

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