Alberta Caucus focus in on rural crime
Dane Lloyd has set his sights on reducing crime in rural Western Canada alongside a dozen other members of a new task force aimed at doing just that.
The Sturgeon River Parkland MP is a member of the Alberta Rural Crime Task Force (ARCTF), a committee formed by the Alberta caucus to compile and generate feedback from rural communities across Alberta. The ARCTF, in conjunction with crime prevention organization and law enforcement organization, is currently working on recommendations to bring to the Canadian government in hopes of diminishing the problem.
been meeting, in particular, with citizen groups across the riding, said Lloyd. such as the Sturgeon County Crime Watch Organization, the Stony Plain District Crime Prevention Association, the Lac St. Anne outfit of Citizens on Patrol and also representatives frp, the police forces in the Edmonton area. said that the work the task force has done has been eye opening, but not surprising given feedback he received from constituents.
of the chief concerns is that we seeing a spike in property crimes. People are noting that people are coming onto their properties and doing damage, stealing car batteries, holiday trailers, vehicles, etc., Lloyd said. have had their homes broken into and this is a problem we having. said that another big concern he heard from citizen groups was a lack of boots on the ground when it came to police officers. Lloyd said that the problem stems primarily from a lack of resources at rural police detachments.
been a perception that there aren enough boots on the ground from our police forces. That in no way a criticism of our frontline police officers who are doing an excellent job, it just that they don have the resources to answer 911 calls in a timely manner and they don have the resources to follow up with investigations all of the time and its discouraging for the people of the riding, Lloyd said.
For that reason, Lloyd said that it important that federal RCMP negotiations put a focus on additional resources for detachments.
need to ensure that in the next round of negotiations, that the RCMP realize that we need to dedicate some additional resources and boots on the ground, Lloyd said. particular, it administrative staff (that needed) because many of our frontline officers are burdened with a great deal of administrative work which keeps them from getting out onto the streets and acting as a strong deterrent. not just a matter of throwing money at the problem, however, with Lloyd saying in times of economic deficit, he believes the issue becomes one of financial stewardship.
easiest answer is that more is all you need, but during times of budgetary deficit and scarce economic resources we need to steward those resources to the best of our ability. Just saying more money isn a solution, he added.