RCMP get input from community on local issues

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March 24, 2016 9:58 AM

Lloydminster RCMP held one of two community consultations at the Legacy Centre on Tuesday where it took public input on crime issues and provided information on its current strategies. On hand were Const. Grant Kirzinger, Insp. Suki Man and Sgt. Sarah Knelsen.

The Lloydminster RCMP held two community consultation sessions at the Legacy Centre this week to get input on issues from the public and inform of its own operations.
One of the sessions that happened Tuesday night saw a turnout of just 11 concerned citizens, but this didn’t discourage Insp. Suki Manj from calling it a success.
“We expect it in this day and age when you have so many competing interests, but the people that have some issues, it’s an opportunity for them to come out,” he said.
“I think anytime you can get the public to come out and tell us how they feel is a great thing.”
A low turnout can also be taken as a good thing, said Manj, as the public may not have many crime issues at the present time it needs off its chest.
The key issue that was brought up by several residents was communication between the police and public.
Manj said the people want to know what RCMP is doing, and through partnerships with media, it’s doing a better job of that now than before.
Some of the issues brought up at the meetings will also be incorporated into the detachment’s three year plan, something which Manj said most detachment commanders go by.
The Lloydminster RCMP will be bringing the issue of communication into their plan, which is currently in its second year.
The consultations are also used as a way for RCMP to inform those in attendance of how its operations work and police described programs like their crime reduction strategy in detail to the public.
“Any plan you have you need to let your clients, which is the public, know about it right?”
Const. Grant Kirzinger previously said these programs are important so the public can have a say in the RCMP’s strategic priorities, and so police can do a better job of serving the community. 
The information gained from both the online survey and consultative sessions is analyzed and police look for trends and commonalities, which are then taken to the senior management team and discusses as RCMP develop its annual performance plan.
Manj said public reception of the consultations, as well as the RCMP online community survey, has been positive and the public is enjoying the opportunity to let police know what they think is important.
In fact this year’s online community survey surpassed the 2015 survey in terms of participation in just one week of being active.
“It’s been amazing; I just appreciate the time and effort people make,” said Manj.
RCMP will be holding the consultations on yearly basis and more often if issues arise.

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