Peace officer keeps busy

Trenholm’s duties include ensuring municipal bylaws and provincial legislation is adhered to

Ensuring provincial legislation and municipal bylaws are followed, assisting RCMP officers and being available to help mediate neighborhood disputes are only some of the duties of CPO Trenholm.

Overall, CPO Trenholm is a very busy Officer and he takes his role of helping maintain the well-being of the community seriously.

However, by his own admission, he says he believes everyone deserves a second chance and has no intention of handing out tickets without fair warning.

“I expect people to comply to avoid further action. Fines will only be dealt to people who repeat (the offence) or refuse to comply.”

The safety of students around the schools and playground areas is a priority for CPO Trenholm and he plans to do his part to ensure that students who plan to get behind the wheel are well versed in the rules of the road.

Parking at the school will be not be a major issue as long as that parking in a no parking zone or by a yellow curb (to drop off children/students) isn’t abused he noted.

For example drivers of vehicles that abuse the this privilege, or park for extended periods of time or parked in a fire zone or by a hydrant do risk the chance of being ticketed, he added. “It’s not about what’s right or wrong or legal or illegal, it’s safety.” he said.

“Traffic enforcement will be a priority especially around the schools, other 30 KPH zones and around school hours. Distracted driving as well as excessive speeding and running stop signs will be enforced for children and public safety.”

CPO Trenholm said that his duties as a bylaw officer are extremely important and necessary for the well-being of society.

“Community Peace Officers and or Bylaw officers are a classification of community employees who previously just handled one task or assignment, such as animal control, but are now engaged in a variety of quasi-police activities, especially enforcement roles that, for lack of staffing, are not handled by police officers.”

Dog attacks, he noted, can be very serious. In most jurisdictions investigation work concerning dog attacks are conduced solely by the Community Peace Officers or a bylaw officer. Officers also assure public safety by investigating illegal garbage/waste dumping and are the first line of defense against a physical degradation of a neighborhood which can start with a broken window and lead to unsightly premises.

CPO Trenholm wants the public to know he has an open door policy.

“If anyone has any questions or concerns about myself or anything further, they can call me on the enforcement line at 403-963-7994 by email at “enforcement@rimbey.com” or see me personally in my office in the town administration building. I encourage anyone to approach me and talk about anything they want or need to, questions concerns etc.”

If CPO Trenholm is not reachable feel free to get a business card at the Town Administration Office.

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