As a means of keeping lines of communication open with local residents, the Meadow Lake RCMP detachment is hosting a town hall-style forum on March 7. Even though it’s a month away, Staff Sgt. Tim Sartison is hoping a wide cross-section of community members will attend.
During the first part of the meeting, Sartison will do a presentation about the services the detachment provides and the type of calls officers respond to.
“For the second part, we’ll be opening up to the public,” he said. “Anybody with questions or concerns about the policing delivery or anything that they’d like to bring up is definitely welcome to do so.”
Sartison said he believes it’s important to have an open and honest discussion with citizens of the area about the challenges detachment members face.
“We already meet regularly with our community leaders and elected officials. We do that on just about a monthly basis,” Sartison said. “This is an opportunity to get the opinions of some other people who might have some important issues and concerns to bring forward. We’ll then take that information and use that in our annual performance plan for the year. We want to know we’re addressing the needs of the people.”
Sartison said he believes this is the first time an event of this nature will be held in the community and stems from a province-wide directive from the Commanding Officer of 'F' Division.
“This is being asked of communities around the province,” he said. “I think it’s a step in the right direction.”
The event will take place on March 7 at the Catholic Church Hall on at 506 Third Ave. E, at 7 p.m. It is expected to last at least one hour, though Sartison said it depends on how long the question and answer portion will take.
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