The provincial government is taking action to combat rural crime by investing $10 million in more RCMP officers, civilian staff, and Crown prosecutors.
The seven-point action plan includes an $8-million investment in 39 new officers, 40 civilian staff and $2 million to hire additional Crown prosecutors.
“Dedicated teams for crime reduction; that is very important we target this crime through intelligence like police and these extra resources will help that kind of fruition,” said Drumheller Detachment Staff Sergeant Kevin Charles.
Measures are also being introduced to ensure police have those resources needed to address their top priorities.
These steps include focusing on intelligence and sharing information to help police better identify and catch prolific offenders, and shifting some routine tasks to civilian workers so officers can spend more time patrolling and investigating in the community.
“I don’t see any increase to our detachment but definitely with those increases in positions it will free up some officers throughout the province and afford us extra resources as well when needed,” said Charles.