Elk Valley RCMP believes they can better serve Sparwood by revamping their priorities.
Staff Sergeant Jeff Harrold spoke to District Council this week about three areas local police would like to amend their focus.
The priorities identified by police in the community last year were speeding, downtown properties crimes and domestic violence.
Harrold told Sparwood Council new priorities will include efforts around Crime Reduction.
“A small per cent of the population commits a disproportionate amount of the crime in our communities,” Harrold says. “We’re looking at focusing on those individuals that are on court imposed conditions, curfews, non-alcohol clauses to ensure they are complying with their conditions and not out commiting further crimes.”
Harrold believes officers would be more effective with traffic enforcement by addressing aggressive and impaired driving instead of just speeding.
“Speeding on its own may or may not be an unsafe practice, depending on what the speed is,” Harrold says. “I think more importantly than that is somebody passing on a double solid line, someone passing on a blind corner. Those are high risk behaviours that we want to focus on and try to stop the best we can.”
Harrold also wants officers to become more involved with schools to create a connection with youth.
“The kids nowadays feel comfortable talking to police if they have problems, concerns or fears. They know where to go and they can feel comfortable in that,” Harrold says. “We can be part of that hopefully and have some positive influences on young folks in our communities.”
– Staff Sergeant Jeff Harrold, Elk Valley RCMP