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New downtown police unit starts today

November 1, 2018 10:53 AM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

A new four-person RCMP unit dedicated to Red Deer’s downtown core started their work today.

“We’re pleased to have the new downtown policing unit up and running as of today,” said Superintendent Ken Foster. “The downtown has been a focus for us throughout 2018, with increased patrols, but this unit gives us members dedicated to patrolling the downtown and getting to know and building relationships with the residents and business owners in the core.”

Starting today, the new downtown unit will police the downtown core, with continued support from all other Red Deer RCMP units. Residents will see officers patrolling downtown streets on bicycles, on personal transportation vehicles (Segways), on foot and in vehicles. 

The unit was made possible when City Council approved funding for 10 additional RCMP member in January 2018. Following public consultation and engagement regarding police priorities and the Annual Policing Plan in the Spring, it was determined that six of those members would be allocated to the Crime Reduction Team, and the remaining four would make up the downtown unit.

“We recognize that citizens are increasingly concerned about safety in the downtown,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “The downtown was identified as a priority in our Annual Policing Plan and the creation of this new unit dedicated to enhancing safety in the downtown demonstrates our commitment to this priority. We’ve already seen positive gains through other crime reduction initiatives in the downtown and in the broader community, and we’re anticipating this downtown unit will have a positive impact for the people who live, work and visit downtown.”

The addition of the downtown policing unit enhances existing measures already in place to reduce crime in the downtown, including increased policing and visibility.

“Our concentrated efforts in the downtown are paying off,” said Superintendent Foster. “Since the start of January, police have made 113 arrest, executed 168 warrants and laid 108 new charges. By adding a dedicated unit to our current downtown initiatives, we expect these numbers to increase.”

 

For more information, please contact:

Paul Goranson             
Director, Protective Services
The City of Red Deer
403-406-8805

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8147

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