When was the last time you noticed an RCMP car cruising in rural Strathcona? Apart from rare static traffic enforcement, rural police presence seems to have vanished entirely. The reason for this is that patrols have been severely reduced, resulting in complaint-driven responses, which by their nature, reduce proactive patrols! Owing to RCMP policies and practices that leave Detachments very short staffed, this reduces the ability to conduct crime preventive patrols. This is a de facto abandonment of rural Strathcona. That there is an uptick of rural crime is therefore not surprising. Even more surprising is that the RCMP Crime Map shows hardly any crimes in rural
Strathcona, although it seems we all know of a neighbour or two who had houses and outbuildings broken into.
Meanwhile, Council turns down a modest request for one additional officer at the same time as they funnel millions into insane and impractical development schemes.
We need to re-establish proper priorities related to the needs of residents even if it must be at the expense of some councillors’ pet projects.
The time has come. Mayor and Council must begin to demand of the RCMP hierarchy that they fulfill the contractual requirements mandated by the RCMP contract to provide a full and complete service to the residents of Strathcona County which the residents duly deserve.