Ponoka Police Advisory Committee information night sees good turnout

Information night was held Jan. 20 in town council chambers

A Police Advisory Committee (PAC) information night held on Jan. 10 in town council chambers had a fairly good turnout, with about 25 people in attendance.

READ MORE: Police Advisory Committee information night coming up

There was also a “strong showing,” of RCMP members, according to town communications manager Sandra Smith.

“We appreciated everyone’s interest in learning more about the Ponoka Police Advisory Committee and the RCMP’s policing priorities for 2020,” said Smith.

The town received questions about its new proposed animal control bylaw and where the town is in that process.

“We are currently carefully reviewing all of the public input received in November and December during our public consultation process on the proposed Bylaw.

“Changes to the proposed Bylaw (which includes the proposed licensing and regulation of cats) will be considered as appropriate based on the public input received before Council considers second and third reading of the Bylaw in the coming months.”

The PAC was involved in reviewing the town’s current animal control bylaw and recommended the new updated bylaw to council for consideration in 2019.

READ MORE: Town begins consultation on proposed animal control bylaw, fields questions

Ponoka RCMP detachment commander Staff Sgt. Chris Smiley was in attendance to answer questions from the RCMP.

“The public engagement event went quite well,” said Smiley.

“The feedback we got was positive.”

A few people talked about seeing traffic enforcement in some of the trouble spots in town and areas they’d like to see more enforcement in.

Others discussed delays when calling the RCMP telecomms centre or even getting a busy signal when calling 911.

“Those items are beyond my control but I think that is rare. We do know both of those centres can experience times that are busier than others.”

According to Smiley, a common theme for many was their frustration with the justice system and the courts.

“That we are often chasing the same people over and over and there is a little in the system that is a deterrent for crime.”

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