The Lloydminster community survey has only been online for a week and already it has had more participation than last year’s total amount of responses.
“I think that there’s a few factors that can contribute to that,” said Const. Grant Kirzinger.
“Better communication between the RCMP and the residents of Lloydminster and increased support in local media and the city in getting the information out to the public; people want to have an input into their community.”
RCMP encourage residents to fill out the survey because it is one of the ways police get input for upcoming fiscal priorities.
Kirzinger said it’s important for people in the community to let RCMP know what their concerns are and have a voice in the strategic priorities of local police.
The survey aims to glean public opinion on crimes they find particularly concerning and also provide their own comments and questions regarding the city’s policing.
“We take the information that we gain through our survey and our community consultative sessions and analyze the data to see if we can find any trends or anything that is common,” he said.
“Then we take those to our senior management team and that gets discussed as we are going through and developing our annual performance plan.”
The public has until 4 p.m. on March 21 to fill out the questionnaire, then after that there will be a pair of consultative sessions for citizens to take part in.
The first session takes place on March 22 at 7 p.m. at the Legacy Centre and the second on March 23 at noon, also at the Legacy Centre.
With the increased participation in this year’s survey, Kirzinger said RCMP expect there will be a better turnout at the consultative sessions as well.
The public meetings give residents another way to voice their questions and concerns, but with the opportunity to have them addressed in person by those in charge of the city’s policing.
“It’s just another platform individuals can utilize to let us know some of the areas or aspects of policing they feel is a priority to them as well as they can come and hear from the inspector and the senior management team,” said Kirzinger.
“We’ll be able to provide them with some updates and just things like information in regards to policing in Lloydminster.”