Have your say about Wetaskiwin’s policing priorities for the coming year.

Have your say about Wetaskiwin’s policing priorities for the coming year.

Have your say on Wetaskwin’s policing priorities

2021 Community Safety Policing Priorities survey now available; virtual town halls planned

Where do you think the City of Wetaskiwin and Wetaskiwin RCMP should place their public safety priorities for the coming year?

The City and RCMP want to hear from you, through the annual online survey or at a virtual town hall.

“Community input on policing priorities is the backbone to the detachment’s Annual Performance Plan process,” says Wetaskiwin RCMP Insp. Keith Durance. “I encourage everyone to provide their thoughts and feedback – after all, who knows the needs of the community better than the community itself?”

As community safety continues to be a priority for the City, the process gives residents and business owners an opportunity to share ideas and concerns, ask questions and hear about the RCMP’s areas of emphasis for the year.

Community members from the City of Wetaskiwin, County of Wetaskiwin, Town of Millet, and County of Camrose are invited to weigh in.

“I enjoy getting out and talking to people directly so I can hear what they’re feeling. It also lets me share information with them that they may not be aware of,” Insp. Durance says.

Here’s how you can participate in the process:

  • Take the Wetaskiwin & Area Community Safety and Policing Priorities Survey, available online until March 18.
  • Participate in the RCMP Virtual Town Hall for your community: Camrose County – March 3; City of Wetaskiwin – March 4; County of Wetaskiwin – March 9; Millet – March 11. Find the zoom links and more information about the town halls on the City’s website.

During the survey, demographic information such as area of residence, age, gender and occupation will be collected – essential for understanding which types of issues are of concern for different areas.

“Priorities for a rural neighbourhood can be very different from a more urban community, for example, but we’re able to look both for commonalities, and for specific concerns,” Insp. Durance says.

The public’s responses can then be assessed in conjunction with what city councillors are hearing and what police are seeing, and the results will inform policing priorities locally and refine the City’s overall community safety approach.

To complete the short survey, visit haveyoursay.wetaskiwin.ca by March 18. Results will be shared through the City of Wetaskiwin’s online platforms as soon as they are finalized.