Date set for Rural Crime Forum

The Municipal District (MD) of Bonnyville reports that there has been a date, of December 1st, set for a rural crime forum. The forum, spearheaded by Reeve for the MD, Greg Sawchuk, will bring residents together with the leaders of the area.

Attending will be the MLA, Scott Cyr, Town of Bonnyville Mayor, Gene Sobolewski, City of Cold Lake Councillors, and the Reeve of the County of St. Paul, Steve Upham. Sawchuk confirms he has reached out to Omar Moghrabi, Mayor of Lac La Biche County and the Members of Parliment, for the area, Shannon Stubbs and David Yudiga.

“We have the RCMP, that are going to do a presentation. Our peace officers will be there and all of the politicians that are on hand, will be speaking, as well.” There will be opportunities for the public to ask questions and gain more information on the efforts of the region to deter and prevent crime.

The forum will be held on December 1st, the Bonnyville Senior Citizens’ Drop-In Centre 4813-47 Avenue, starting at 6:30 p.m.

At the Wednesday MD Council meeting, on November 8th, MD Department of Public Safety reported that “Public Safety Officers continue to target various rural community areas for Rural Crime Prevention Patrols. Public Safety is working on a method to make patrol vehicles more visible so residents can see that officers are in the area, as well as increasing the deterrence value.”

According to the Council Highlights,  “Public Safety has completed a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) survey of the Ardmore Campground. The report has been drafted and is under review. Once the report is complete, it will be distributed to the contact with the Ardmore Community Association, along with some recommendations. Public Safety has also taken steps to help deal with some of the nighttime issues in the campground area.”