The City of Grande Prairie is looking for community feedback on policing with a public survey and open house. The survey will let residents give their opinions on what policing services are most valuable to the community as it assesses the feasibility of moving to a municipal police service.
Mayor Jackie Clayton says city council will take what residents have to say into consideration when it comes to deciding on whether to transition to a municipal police service.
“It is important that residents participate in the survey and open house so that we can hear your thoughts and consider them alongside other data,” Clayton says.
Public consultation includes an online survey, an open house, interviews, and a focus group. Through this process, residents can give feedback on what they want from a municipal police service and how it can best serve the community.
The process starts with a survey residents can complete online from December 6th to 23rd. The city will release more information on the public open house in January.
The city has contracted MNP to facilitate community engagement. Results from the survey and open house will be presented to the council in early 2023.
The RCMP has in recent weeks and months conducted their own public consultation across Alberta, including several town halls held last month in Grande Prairie.