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Sparwood sets policing priorities
The District of Sparwood has set its policing priorities for 2014/15. On March 20, members of council met with Sergeant Will Thien of the Elk Valley RCMP to determine if Sparwood's policing priorities aligned with the RCMP's.
The District had already outlined their priorities as speed reduction and enforcement initiatives, drug enforcement, and underage drinking/bush parties. The current provincial priorities are crime reduction, organized crime, family violence, road safety, and First Nations.
"I really enjoyed Councillors Saad's, McKie's, and Fraser's participation in our meeting with Sergeant Thien, and Councillor Wilton was also there," stated Sparwood Mayor Lois Halko. "The discussion regarding how the priorities we had set actually coincide and fit in with the various provincial priorities."
Sparwood's priorities complement the provincial priorities, with all of them fitting into three categories. Crime reduction covers drug enforcement, speed reduction, and underage drinking/bush parties. Organized crime covers drug enforcement, and road safety covers speed reduction.
Mayor and council voted at the April 7 regular meeting to support the alignment of the District's priorities with the RCMP's and to incorporate them into the 2014/15 Annual Performance Plan.