RCMP members answer 41 calls for service

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Here I am again, asking for forgiveness for my absence. It’s been a few weeks since my last installment. I’ve been away for work and vacation. Mrs. Sgt and the little Sgt’s needed a break from the cold so we took refuge at the happiest place on earth…or at least it was when I got there, I tend to have that effect. So I’m back at it getting caught up on everything that’s transpired here while I was away.

Reviewing the week of January 22 to 28, 2018 found that the Members were moving pretty steady with 41 calls for service. Here are some of the more notable calls.

On January 23, 2018, sometime overnight, two vehicles were rummaged through in Three Hills, AB. One vehicle was found in the afternoon by the owner, rummaged through and a wallet stolen. The vehicle was parked outside in the driveway and was left unlocked. The other vehicle was parked in a garage that may have been left unlocked. Nothing of value appears to have been stolen from the vehicle. The RCMP would like to remind everyone to try and ensure doors are locked up and valuables are taken out of your vehicles at night.

On January 24, 2018, sometime overnight, an unlocked vehicle was rummaged through in Trochu, AB. The vehicle was parked overnight at the Trochu arena and was left unlocked. The Registration and Insurance cards were stolen from the vehicle.

On January 27, 2018 a fraud was reported in Three Hills. The Complainant advised that they were contacted by someone claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House. They were soliciting funds to secure a prize. The RCMP would like to remind everyone that these types of frauds are ongoing and that when they seem to go to be true, they are likely not. If you are contacted by a company about a prize that you did not enter to win, you are likely being scammed. These incidents can be reported to your local RCMP or to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (Phonebusters) online or at 1-888-495-8501.

I find myself being stopped on the street or at the local arena asking about the article and people providing me with material that they would like me to cover off. I must admit, when I started writing the article I thought it really wouldn’t take off and someone would take over providing updates from the RCMP. I have to say that I’m glad things are working out the way they have. Stay tuned, I will get to all of your requests.

That brings me to a favor I must ask all of you. Each year, I complete an exercise for the Detachment that helps measure our effectiveness in the Community. We call it an Annual Performance Plan. Essentially it’s where I determine priorities for the Detachment and then create initiatives and measures to meet the needs. I determine these priorities through consultation with the elected officials and major stakeholders in the area.

This year I would like to set up a short survey that would give all of you a voice in this process and to provide your take on what our priorities should be. I can say right now that Crime Reduction is a National Priority that have initiatives set to roll out very soon. I would like your take on what other priorities we should be setting. The survey will be set up in a way that will provide you a list to choose from and then room where you can add one not listed that you feel is important.

I welcome the comments and feedback from all of you. Let’s face it, without feedback you really have no measure of your performance or if you need to make corrections. That being said, I do ask that it comes in the form that is constructive and measurable. I’ve learned over the years that there are two types of people, those who are part of the problem and those who are part of the solution. I have no doubt we can all be part of the solution and provide feedback that will be meaningful while providing you a voice at what the Members focus on. More to come on that in the coming weeks.