RCMP holding public meetings to set priorities for the coming year

Jason Malloy
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BIBLE HILL - The Mounties want to know what Colchester County residents' policing priorities are for the coming year.
The Colchester County District RCMP is hosting a series of town hall meetings this month as part of its service delivery review.
"We want to have a pretty open and frank discussion with whoever shows up," Staff Sgt. Jay McInnis said. "It also gives folks an opportunity to speak to me about their policing
service."
For many it will be their first opportunity to speak directly to the RCMP's top officer in Colchester County. McInnis came to the detachment as its district commander in August.
The information will be used by the police to set priorities for the coming year. The RCMP's operating year runs from April 1 to March 31.
Four meetings are being planned in different regions of the district.
"We like to get input from the community in terms of what are priorities in each area of the district," McInnis said.
"Normally, we find that the priorities are pretty common throughout even the district, the province and even the country, but sometimes there are special nuances, I guess, for each community that we like to look at and, if we can, include it in the overall planning process."
McInnis will meet with his officers following the consultations to come up with options to address the priorities and concerns.
The meeting will also include a report from the first three quarters of the current year. McInnis files quarterly reports with its stakeholders, including two police advisory boards, councils and commissions.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Colchester County

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  • betty
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    It is always a good idea to have open communication, but the second it comes in the form of a 'meeting' and or 'committee' there is too much room fo the RCMP to take steps to decide which laws will be enforced and which ones they will ignored ; this is not their mandate--their job as public servants require that they enforce the law when a complaint is lodged , regardless of any 'public' meeting.