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Town hall to discuss policing in Rimbey

“It’s the public we’re serving, and they have a right to know what we’ve been doing and what they can do to assist,” said Sgt. Pierre St-Cyr, with the Rimbey RCMP detachment. And that’s what the upcoming town hall meeting on Aug. 24 is all about.

Hosted at the Peter Lougheed Community Centre from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Rimbey RCMP officers Sgt. St-Cyr and Cpl. Matthew Funk will be giving presentations to update community members on crime in the area over the last few months and they want to hear what people have to say.

“It’s definitely important,” St-Cyr said of the meeting. “We need to know what we aren’t aware of. If you don’t report it, we don’t know.”

The officers will be sharing stats and successes, as well as sharing tips to protect yourself from fraud and how to protect your rural property against crime.

“We want to hear people’s feedback, what their take is on their police services, what we can do to improve,” said St-Cyr.

“We can’t be everywhere 24/7. We want to know what they’re thinking about as far as crime enforcement, their perception and their understanding of what the police can do for them and our mandates and roles and actions within the community.”

The last town hall meeting was held in March and St-Cyr said about 50 people came out, which was the biggest meeting of this type to occur in central Alberta. The detachment plans to host these meetings twice a year to keep the community informed