Elk Valley RCMP is extending the timeline to meet policing priorities in the region.
The detachment has decided to stretch the window to reach goals over a three year period instead of reassessing initiatives on an annual basis.
Corporal Robert Wright says the move gives them a more realistic window to address the root of the issues identified by each community.
Policing priorities outlined for BC are crime reduction, organized crime, family violence, road safety and First Nations.
Wright says communities and local governments still have opportunities to voice concerns that have that are specific to them.
He explains is if a local community has a concern with, for example, distracted driving that would fall under road safety.
The Corporal says with a large stretch of highway running through the region, road safety is a major concern for police who work different initiatives in the Elk Valley to contribute to enforcement efforts.
The Valley saw four fatalities on regional roads in the first three months of 2016.
Wright believes RCMP, along with community stakeholders, are moving in the right direction when it comes to addressing the issue.
– Elk Valley RCMP Cpl. Robert Wright
– Josh Hoffman