For Immediate Release | March 30, 2017
RCMP - Annual Performance Plan 2017-2018
St. Albert RCMP have released their Annual Performance Plan which will guide their pro-active policing activities for the rest of 2017 and into the spring of 2018. Based on community feedback and consultation, the Acting Officer In Command (OIC) of St. Albert has identified and acknowledged St. Albert's top policing priorities for 2017/18 as Traffic Safety, Property Crime Reduction, and Community Policing - (Family/Youth/Partnerships/Visibility).
"Identifying St. Albert's policing priorities permits the local RCMP to develop a plan and tailor its policing service specifically to our city's needs and concerns. This plan helps direct the pro-active efforts of our members and staff to have a more meaningful impact in the highest priority areas." - Acting OIC, S/Sgt. Jeff Jacobson with the St. Albert RCMP Detachment.
The plan is as follows:
Priority #1: Traffic Safety
Objective: Enhance Road Safety
- 5% Decrease in Overall Collisions
- 5% Increase in Impaired Driver Detection - (Charges and suspensions)
- Pro-active Traffic Enforcement Strategy - Traffic Unit will provide ongoing intelligence on collision hot spots, traffic complaint locations, and traffic violation priorities to strategically focus traffic enforcement efforts. The Initiative goal is 600 traffic interactions (tickets/warnings) each month using this strategic focus.
- Distracted /Impaired Driving Initiatives and Education Campaign - There will be 12 dedicated distracted driving operations, 15 dedicated Impaired Checkstop Operations, and the RCMP will continue a weekly media messaging campaign focussed on educating and providing awareness to the public on traffic safety priorities.
- Educate RCMP Officers on indicators of Impaired Driving by Drugs – Education is to be provided to general duty officers by subject matter experts from our Traffic and Drug unit in preparation for the anticipated legalization of marijuana and the potential increase in impaired driving by drugs that may come with this change.
Priority # 2: Property Crime Reduction (Theft of and from vehicles, Break and Enters, and Mischief).
Objective: Reduce Property Crime
- 10% reduction in thefts of/from vehicles, break and enters, and mischief
- 10% increase in drug trafficking/possession charges/seizures
- The Crime Reduction Unit & Crime Analyst's Crime Reduction Strategy - There will be "Hot Spot" mapping of property crimes and weekly updated intelligence sharing for strategically directed patrols by all units. A summer bike patrol program focussed on "Hot Spot" policing. There will be a Victimization prevention education and messaging program directed to the community.
- There will be a Licenced Premises Checks Program to create High police visibility deterrence around Licensed Premises to prevent property crimes that can be associated with overindulgence of alcohol. The Detachment expects 200 licenced premises visits per month.
- The Habitual/Prolific Offender Condition Checks Program – Through the Crime Analyst and the Probation office, habitual offenders or prolific offenders (people who have multiple charges or repeated criminal behaviour) will be identified. These offenders will be monitored to ensure they are respecting their court or release conditions. Officers will have a zero tolerance for breaches of conditions and will charge offenders who are not complying with their court orders. The RCMP are planning for a 10% increase in monitoring efforts, which would mean that the goal is to complete 220 curfew or probation checks this year.
- Drug Unit Strategy – The Drug Unit believes that drug usage and addictions are impacting the level of property crime in St. Albert. Through source recruitment, strategic intelligence gathering, and project-based operations, the Drug Unit will focus on disrupting drug traffickers and drug users' behaviours and therefore reduce property crimes that are driven by the desire for drugs.
Priority # 3: Community Policing - Family/Youth/Partnerships/Visibility
Objective – Meaningful Community Engagement and Social Master Plan Contribution
Initiatives and Goals/Measures:
- Summer bike/cart patrol program - The RCMP will continue with the high visibility community-based patrols and attendance at block parties, community events, and high pedestrian traffic locations during peak hours.
- Jr. High and Elementary School Visit Program - The RCMP have set a goal of 300 visits to Jr. High or Elementary Schools for the remainder of the 2017 school year and into the 2018 school year. These visits will include "walk through" visits, traffic safety patrols, evening security patrols, classroom presentations, and assembly attendances when officers are available.
- Domestic Violence High-Risk Victim Support Program - The goal is to create and strengthen an active Domestic Violence (DV) High-Risk Victim Support Program. The St. Albert part- time DV Coordinator will develop a program to ensure contact with all high-risk victims to provide support and safety planning to them. As well, the DV Coordinator will continue to build partnerships with the Stop Abuse in Families program and with the St. Albert Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Committee and together with these partners, there will be media/public awareness campaigns throughout year to increase community knowledge about Domestic Violence and how to stop this community problem.
- Bullying prevention program - The RCMP have a goal of offering every St. Albert Jr. High School a bullying presentation as part of the Bullying prevention program. Officers will track the number of presentations that are given in the schools by police and will also continue to deliver the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program at the Grade 6 level, which includes sessions on bullying in its lessons. The RCMP will continue to work on and participate in the Violence Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) program with the Schools and Community of St. Albert as a way of providing a coordinated and effective response to any threats or incidents of violence within our youth population in St. Albert.
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