Enforcement Services stepping up efforts to address crime
Increased presence, capacity will help prevent and resolve problems
Lac La Biche County's Enforcement Services department is stepping up foot patrols and other measures to counter a heightened crime rate in the community.
Residents can expect to see Peace Officers on patrol in downtown Lac La Biche more frequently, and the County plans to install more cameras for surveillance at downtown intersections later this summer. In addition, officers are assisting local business owners with crime prevention brochures, anti-loitering signs and more.
As always, though, cooperation from the public is essential. Residents are reminded to call Enforcement Services’ 24-hour complaint line at (780) 623-6767 to report problems like bylaw violations, intoxicated persons and traffic complaints. Matters that are outside the Peace Officers’ scope of authority are referred to the RCMP and other agencies. If someone’s life or property is in immediate danger, call 911.
“Officers can’t act if they don’t know,” said Sergeant Chris Clark, Enforcement Services Supervisor. “We’re working to make our community a safer place for all but we rely on information from the public to do our jobs effectively, so it’s vital for people to report incidents to the authorities.”
Enforcement Services responded to 1,025 complaints in 2017, and this high call volume has continued through 2018 so far. More officers are being recruited as a result, and the County is working with Alberta Justice and the Solicitor-General so new team members can be trained to a higher level.