Police Advisory Committee information night coming up

Give your input on Ponoka RCMP 2020 policing priorities and more Jan. 20

Citizens wanting to give their input on crime prevention issues are invited to a public engagement and information night with the Ponoka Advisory Committee (PAC) on Jan. 20.

The public consultation night will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in council chambers, located on the third floor of the Ponoka Civic Building (5604-50 St.).

There will be a brief presentation explaining the committee’s role, introducing the members and information on how the public can submit feedback for the committee’s consideration.

The PAC is an advisory committee to Ponoka Town Council that acts as a liaison between local citizens, town council, the local RCMP, and the town’s Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). The Committee also provides input on RCMP policing priorities each year based on the community input it receives.

The main purpose of the committee is to give citizens a voice on matters of public safety and crime prevention, in the hopes of fostering and maintaining a safe and secure community.

“We do this by inviting local community input at events like this upcoming public engagement and information night,” said Brittany Sande, chairperson of the PAC in a release.

“We then pass on valid concerns and feedback about public safety or crime prevention issues to our town representatives and the RCMP member who sit on the PAC for their consideration.”

There will also be a short slide show from the Ponoka RCMP, explaining what happens when the police receive a call for service and how they follow up on those calls.

The evening will include a presentation about Ponoka RCMP policing priorities and the opportunity for members of the public to give their input for what the priorities for 2020 should be, as well as a chance to have one-on-one discussions with RCMP members and the PAC.

Those who are unable to attend the information night can still give their input by completing an online questionnaire on the town’ website at www.ponoka.ca. Click on “Ponoka Police Advisory Committee Survey. “

Alternatively, you can pick up a paper copy of the survey at the town office.

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