A pilot mission launched by the RCMP in partnership with Foothills County final summer time to supply 24-hour police patrols and different protection within the municipality’s rural areas is evolving right into a extra everlasting plan.
The Foothills County Rural Policing Plan incorporates new rural deployment methods for greater than 20 RCMP officers from detachments in Okotoks, Turner Valley and Excessive River.
Working with the county, officers say it has meant elevated rural patrols and police presence with out affecting work in native city areas.
County Reeve Suzanne Oel says they’re happy with the plan’s progress.
“I’ve heard outcomes from residents which have stated they’ve had actually good interactions with the RCMP once they’ve had incidents happen — that they’ve had responses which were speedy — and so total presence, folks have seen the presence of the RCMP,” she stated.
Employees Sgt. Laura Akitt, who leads the unit, says this type of zone policing technique helps officers goal ongoing issues like rural property crime and auto theft.
“It offers us the power to supply 24-hour policing to all the Foothills County, which I feel is extraordinarily necessary. It additionally offers us the power to mobilize sources shortly if we have to.”
Akitt says they’re going to be drawing on group suggestions and monitoring crime traits to assist assess progress.
County funding will vary from almost $1 million this 12 months to $2 million by 2023.