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Crime rates decrease across the Valley in 2023

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As a result of Drumheller’s RCMP Staff Sergeant, Robert Harms’, presentation to town council on Monday, December 11th, The Drumheller Mail requested a follow-up interview as to what it means that this past quarter all crimes are down by 44 percent. “Person’s crimes,” he says, “the more serious crimes like stabbings and sexual or aggravated assaults, are being closely monitored and are down 17 percent from January to September of this year. Property crimes are down 24 percent. These don’t get the recognition they deserve, as they aren’t viewed to be as serious as a person’s crime since they aren’t being physically victimized. A lot of the attention from the public is focused on these crimes because they are the most aggravating to people, with the theft of vehicles and personal property.”
Other crimes that are down by 20 percent include offenses such as court breaches.
These results are favourable and although the efforts of the RCMP detachment aren’t entirely responsible, they have made a huge improvement from January to September of this year. There is a need for more public assistance in reporting crimes as they see them happening.
There has been more of a police presence at night, as Harms is adamant that his detachment “provides the best policing to our communities, as they expect it.”
The RCMP, with help from the community, identified its policies. These range from educating and engaging with the public to fraud awareness presentations to being in the schools more, working with youth. They have also set priorities with enforcement such as check stops, drug operations, and making sure repeat offenders are abiding by these conditions set by our judicial system.
The detachment is currently at full staff, unlike others in Alberta. The 15 members working out of the Drumheller detachment are very energetic and very much about being out in the community. He explains, “They run what is called a ‘Post Detachment Model’ meaning the town of Drumheller pays for 11 members plus the province has commissioned four additional members. They operate as an amalgamated unit, not designated to certain zones, except for one municipal traffic member who stays within our town limits and focuses on traffic safety.” Our whole community is getting the benefit of all 15 members, most of whom are frontline general duty constables (patrol members) along with supervisors and a three-man plainclothes unit. They are called the General Investigation Section and they focus on crime reduction and drug enforcement.
Harms explains, “Our overall crime has come down this last year, but we can’t take full credit for the statistics decreasing, only some. One of the big factors is that a lot of the crimes are committed by repeat offenders, as well as a direct correlation between drug use and property crime. Prolific or repeat offenders are being followed, they are being closely monitored and followed up with regularly, making sure people comply with their conditions.”
The Drumheller RCMP will be further engaging with surrounding communities in the new year to set 2024’s priorities. Mocha With The Mounties is a one on one with detachment members and the public and is a great way for the public to address ideas and concerns.


New Year New School: Morrin students help with move

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Staff and Students at Morrin School had a unique last day of classes before the break for the Christmas holidays. On Friday, December 22, the move into the new Morrin school began in earnest. Staff and students were helped along by Prairie Land School Division crews to move the classrooms into the new facility. Come January 8, students will be in their new facility ready to tackle the remaining school year. Gillian and Charlese Gridley pitched in on move-in day.

Midland Hall secured $650k CFEP grant for outdoor rink build

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Christmas came early for the Midlandvale Community Hall Association (MCHA). On December 22nd, 2023, the Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP) granted Drumheller’s Midland community $656,396 to build a new outdoor rink.
With the $157,000 raised by the MCHA, the funds for the project is just over $813,000.
Global Sport Resources, of Leduc County, will be building the rink and is busy finalizing design plans with the MCHA that have been in the works for over two years. Cindy Sereda, a volunteer with the association has been overseeing the project and is looking forward to breaking ground this spring.
“We are super happy to move forward,’’ she says, “And it’s all thanks to the support from the community for making the CFEP grant a possibility, through donations.”
The project will be Drumheller’s first fully accessible community outdoor rink, and the second to be built in Alberta. It will be NHL size, with a fully accessible viewing area and skate shack, available to the general public year-round, as a recreational space for winter and summer sports. As well as a gathering place for tournaments and community events.
Drumheller’s Mayor Heather Colberg is excited for the residents. “This will be amazing for the community. From Pickleball courts to hockey, and even bathrooms,” she says, “This is all because of everyone who worked so hard to make it happen.”
The current rink is still open to the public this winter and will be demolished in spring 2024, with the new rink scheduled for opening by winter 2024.


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