Bentley crime strategy meeting gives information

A local community policing information night was held for Bentley area residents the third week of March in the old Bentley Community Hall.

  • Apr. 19, 2016 1:00 p.m.

Bentley crime strategy meeting gives information

By June Norvila

A local community policing information night was held for Bentley area residents the third week of March in the old Bentley Community Hall.

Bentley town council had organized the meeting.

Presenters were Sylvan Lake detachment commander Staff Sergeant Gary Rhodes and Sergeant Jeff McBeth as well as Lacombe County Senior Peace Office Julian Veuger and Peace Officer Brett Miller.

Both groups tried to clarify their roles within the community and explained what they can and cannot do.  Peace officers have no authority in criminal activity or complaints.

The RCMP consider Bentley a safe community.  Statistics presented showed Bentley was down in total offences from 2014 to 2015.  The number of drug possession offenses and trafficking offences didn’t change, nor did impaired driving offenses.  Criminal code offenses like arson counterfeiting, bail violations, breach of probation and disturbances actually dropped 23%.  Homicide, robberies, assaults, and sex offences dropped by 65%.  The only area that increased in Bentley was break and enters, vehicle thefts, and fraud.  It had climbed over the year by 22%.

About 80% of Lacombe peace officers duties are Monday through Friday with patrol hours approximately ten hours per day five days per week.  Other hours are spent on weekends and for special events and emergencies.

They gave tips on how to make the community safer like businesses leaving a light on in their business at night and not blocking windows with posters or ads.

There seems to be a perception that police are not around enough, but middle of night patrols are probably not seen, and if around too often there would be complaints about that too.

RCMP asked residents to report any and all suspicious activity or crimes, but not by calling 911.  Call the Sylvan Lake detachment directly at 403-858-7200.  Files can be collected, and some information from one report might tie in with another report and help solve a case.

Most attendees felt they better learned the difference between the RCMP and local county peace officers and that they may be patrolling more often than thought.

During the two-hour session people were given the chance to ask questions.

When asked what the biggest problem in Bentley was, some answered thefts.  Others consider traffic to be a bigger concern.

It was considered to be a fairly good turnout with 38 town residents and 19 county residents signing the attendance book, and some probably missed signing in.  Most of council and some staff were there.

“It was very informative.  I am glad I went.  I wish more had come,” said business owner/home owner Sheila Kelba-Warawa.  “It helped me understand their duties better and how to try to protect my business.”

Some felt the RCMP did not fully answer the questions they asked.

One comment was that some of the people that complain the most didn’t bother to attend the meeting and they may have learned a lot if they had come.

Some felt a full time policeman might fix the problem but that would be “unrealistic logistically and financially”, stated Joan Dickau.

Special bolts to attach license plates that need a special tool to undo them were handed out.

It was agreed that things happen in cycles and that a bad economy is sometimes a driver of increased crime.



Just Posted

Sentencing postponed in Castor triple homicide

Jason Klaus and Josh Frank will appear in court again Feb. 14th

Influenza hits hard in Alberta

Flu season hits hard

UPDATE: Highway 2 lanes were closed due to milk truck fire near Millet

A southbound truck hauling milk and cartons collided with a bridge

Ice fishing enjoyed by all

Crestomere 4-H members enjoy ice fishing

Major announcement planned for Tuesday at Westerner Park

Hopes are that the CFR will be relocating to Red Deer

Volunteers busy

Volunteers at Pas Ka Poo Park

Sentencing postponed in Castor triple homicide

Jason Klaus and Josh Frank will appear in court again Feb. 14th

Cougar window shops at Banff grocery store

An RCMP officer spots a cougar outside an Alberta grocery store

$130K could get you on a dive to the Titanic

Hot summer ticket: $130K could get you on a dive to the Titanic off Newfoundland

UK’s Princess Eugenie, daughter of Prince Andrew, engaged

Princess Eugenie, the daughter of Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, will marry Jack Brooksbank in Autumn 2018

German nurse charged with 97 more murders

Niels Hoegel, serving a life sentence for two murders, has been indicted in nearly 100 more killings.

Two men guilty in murders of Alberta family could face 75 years

The pair were found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Klaus’s parents and sister in a rural home near Castor, Alberta

With Senate talks falling short, U.S. shutdown enters workweek

President Donald Trump accused Democrats of prioritizing services and security for noncitizens over U.S. citizens

Toronto mayor wants city to co-host 2026 FIFA World Cup

The mayor of Canada’s most populous city says he wants Toronto to be among the North American cities to co-host the 2026 FIFA World Cup

Most Read