The Lloydminster RCMP held two meetings on March 23 at the Centennial Civic Centre to gather public input regarding their strategic priorities.
“We were pleased with the turnout. We were pleased with the discussion and questions and opinions that were brought forward,” said Const. Grant Krizinger. “Most of the things (discussed) mirrored that of the survey and the concerns lined up with those of the detachment.”
The online survey, which is now closed, was also used to gather information on what the public saw as major issues in and around Lloydminster.
“The main concerns that were brought forward were in relation to drugs and organized crime and traffic,” said Kirzinger. “We do have drugs and organized crime in Lloydminster and it’s something that we are focusing on and putting into practise our crime reduction strategies to address these issues.”
The RCMP said they do their best to seek ways to put suggestions from the public into their strategies and work with the community to figure out policing issues that face the detachment. Unfortunately, they’re not able to put every suggestion into action.
However, they are looking at making these meetings with the public into annual events so their strategies better reflect public concerns.
“There are many different kinds of files and calls that we deal with,” said Kirzinger. “The call types that we are focusing on are similar to the ones we have heard from the community as being concerns. As I have mentioned before, things like organized crimes and drugs and traffic related issues and property crime.”
He said plans to address these issues take time to roll out because of the different stages and programs that have to be implemented to address the problems brought forward by the public.