How can I submit my responses to this survey?

    This survey can be completed in one of three methods:

    1. Online (click here!)
    2. In-person/mailed to:
      Wood Buffalo RCMP - APP
      105 Paquette Drive Fort McMurray, AB T9K 0P5
    3. Call RMWB Pulse at 780-743-7000 to have a staff member submit survey responses on your behalf.

    Didn't the RCMP recently do this survey?

    This is an annual survey made available to the public in partnership with the RMWB to ensure policing priorities align with those identified by community members.

    The last survey completed for annual policing priorities was completed early 2021, resulting in the following objectives for Wood Buffalo RCMP:

    1. Property Crime
      1. Reduce number of Property Crime offences by five per cent
      2. Conduct four crime reduction focused projects
    2. Drugs
      1. Increase the number of drug-related charges
      2. Conduct drug awareness and educational presentations
    3. Traffic Safety
      1. Increase the number of impaired driving sanctions
      2. Increase the number of Traffic Safety Act charges
    4. Enhance Public Confidence & Engagement
      1. Conduct community town halls (open houses)
      2. Stakeholder engagements
    5. Employee & Public Wellness
      1. Establish PACT team and public education engagements
      2. Physical wellness challenges and mindfulness training

    How can I know what Wood Buffalo RCMP has done to achieve policing priority objectives?

    Wood Buffalo RCMP has created a quarterly newsletter that is made publicly available by visiting rmwb.ca/rcmp

    What specific, mandatory training does our RCMP go through in relation to de-escalation, racism, and understanding our Indigenous communities?

    The RCMP is committed to bias-free policing. The Cadet Training Program covers the topics of bias-free policing, harassment, ethics, human rights, discrimination, and cultural awareness.  

    By introducing the concept of bias-free policing early in the training program and providing an abundance of experiences throughout the duration of their training, cadets are well prepared to apply bias-free policing beyond the training environment. Cadets have several opportunities to explore their personal biases and discuss how such biases can affect their role in law enforcement.

    The RCMP offers employees a range of both mandatory and non-mandatory courses that are designed to help foster appropriate behaviour – whether it is in the workplace, in the field or online. These include conflict resolution, respectful workplace, violence in the workplace, bias awareness for employees and supervisors, Indigenous awareness, hate crimes and the blanket exercise.

    Verbal Judo: Offered by the RMWB

    Crisis Intervention and De-escalation:

    The purpose of this Crisis Intervention and De-escalation (CID) online course is to ensure that Regular Members (RMs) will be able to use CID techniques to effectively de-escalate crisis situations, including those incidents involving intervention in a mental health crisis.

    Recognition of Emotionally Disturbed Persons:

    The purpose of the ‘Recognition of Emotionally Disturbed Persons’ online course is to build first responders' confidence in dealing with EDPs they encounter in the field.

    Using A Trauma Informed Approach:

    This Learning Product is intended for all levels and category of employee, RM, CM and PSE. The purpose of the Learning Product is to raise a general awareness of what being trauma informed is and the response in interacting with clients and co workers in the organization on a day to day basis.

    Cultural Awareness and Humility:

    This RCMP Cultural Awareness and Humility online course is designed to increase knowledge, enhance self-awareness and strengthen the skills of RCMP employees who work both directly and indirectly with different cultures. This course introduces the concept of ‘cultural humility’ and the fact that learning about different cultures and values can be a life-long undertaking. The immeasurable benefit that comes from valuing other perspectives and ideas is also emphasized. The purpose of this course is to further develop individual competencies and promote positive partnerships

    Selected Police officers are also sent on Aboriginal Awareness courses that introduce them to a variety of Indigenous customs and traditions when they are offered. 

    With our newly created Indigenous Liaison Officer position one of the goals is to create culturally focused sessions while will be specific to our local indigenous communities. The sessions will be created by members of the community and taught to police officers who work in the area. This is to help police officers understand the traditions and customs of the local indigenous community.

2021 APP FAQ

    What is the progress/action for the K Division 2019-2024 Reconciliation Strategy?

    Objective #1

    Work with community partners to ensure culturally sensitive supports are in place for victims, witnesses, offenders and police officers.

    Objective #2

    Enhance awareness and education opportunities to support Reconciliation.

    Objective #3

    Increase the representation of Indigenous people in RCMP “K” Division.

    Objective #4

    Increase efforts focused on Indigenous Community Engagement

    What happens in urban areas aren’t always the same issues rural communities face. Each rural community has its own issues too. How exactly do these policing priorities relate to rural areas?

    Each community does indeed have their own unique issues, but overall the RCMP sets policing priorities for the Municipality as a whole. That being said within each priority is room to be applied differently to each rural community to suit their concerns. For example, if you take Objective #1 – Property Crime, the RCMP will be able to apply this to each community differently.  One may have an issue with vandalism where the other it may be thefts. So each community this can be applied to meet the communities need at the time.  

    Also if the community has an issue that is not identified on the Annual Performance Plan as one of the priorities it will still be addressed.  The five priorities are not limiting to what the RCMP can engage in.  Therefore, if there is an issue in your community please report it so it can be investigated.  

    Outside of the 2021-2022 policing plan remains the CORE policing objectives which is to offer the best service to the communities we police. We have the resources to tackle any other issue that arises.

    How are you collaborating with community partners so there is more support and education available to people struggling?

    The RCMP continues to collaborate with community partners to ensure we are providing support and education to people struggling. 

    Through our Community Policing Services unit, we have moved to virtual presentations which are shared with people that have identified an interest in certain topic areas.  We encourage any group in the community to reach out to us if you have an area which you would like to receive information on. 

    We partner with Victim Services, to offer education on healthy relationships. 

    We have a newly created position, the Indigenous Liaison Officer, which will help us in identifying struggles in our surrounding indigenous communities. Once identified support and education can be provided.    

    If you identify an area where improvements can be made please share it with us.

    Why don’t I see more RCMP patrolling OHV traffic on the edge of urban areas? I think more accountability and fines should happen for people offending the law.

    Many people residing in the urban area have a great love for the outdoors and we encourage them to use it. 

    With our urban area surrounded by many trail systems and open areas, we encourage the public to use the designated staging areas for transitioning to their OHV’s. The municipality has a bylaw regulating the use of OHV’s in the urban area.   

    During the different seasons the RCMP ensures our police officers in patrolling the urban areas for OHV violations. The urban area has a large perimeter to cover and we conduct our patrols both proactively and through calls for service.

    Given the area it encompasses, there are significant challenges in providing a consistent policing presence in non-urban areas. We share this responsibility with Bylaw officers and we work together in accomplishing it.    

    We are equipped with both snowmobiles and quads and used these on a regular basis for patrols and investigational purposes. We are currently in the process of adding a side-by side to our resources.  

    We believe in educating the public in our local bylaw and issue violation tickets when the violation continues.   We also educate the public on bylaws through media releases. 

    Staging areas: 

    • Tower road 
    • Abasand Drive
    • Bernard Jean Boat Launch - Snye
    • Raphael Cree Park and Boat Launch - Waterways

    Tom Weber Park and Boat Launch – Waterways

    I think domestic violence is a big issue and even more so with the pandemic. Why wasn’t this important issue included in your priorities? How are police addressing this issue?

    You are correct domestic violence is an issue, and after a year into a global pandemic we have seen a rise in family related stressors.  Unfortunately, some of these stressors have led to further problems in relationships.

    Domestic violence was noted as an issue identified in the RMWB survey conducted in February of this year. It was also noted as an issue by the RCMP. 

    We discussed this at great lengths and decided not to make domestic violence one of our Annual Performance Plans, but rather a Unit Level Quality Assurance. Which we call a ULQA. 

    A ULQA enables us to review domestic violence files to ensure they are meeting all the investigative requirements so a thorough investigation is complete. This in turn provides the best service to the community. We encourage all people dealing with domestic violence to call the police. 

    The RCMP has a designated unit which their main focus is domestic violence and abuse. We also partner with local organizations to offer a variety of resources to people affected by domestic violence. Such as Victim Services, Women’s Shelter, and counselling, to name a few.

    Domestic violence was ranked 4th in the RMWB on-line survey with 233 responses.

    Trusting RCMP can be tough when there are highly publicized situations where RCMP appear harsh or even violent towards citizens. How exactly do you see that relationship getting better?

    Public trust and confidence is a necessity for any police agency and a cornerstone on which base our policing response. The public should have confidence that its officers are adhering to standards and doing the right thing

    Our officers work to promote accountability, transparency and justice for all people. For the rare instances where an officer does not adhere to these high standards, our officers will be held accountable for their actions.

    The RCMP Act is a legislation to deal with employee conduct, internal investigations units are in place nation-wide, independent investigation departments investigate any event involving police officers, and the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP also investigates complaints. 

    The steps involved in those processes can be lengthy. Often concerns raised from the public have an investigation or review already in process.   It can sometimes, unfortunately, appear that nothing is happening when, in fact those issues are being taken very seriously.

    Policing as a whole has changed globally over the past year.  Incidents that happen around the world has had an impact on how we will conduct policing engagements in the future. 

    In policing there are often times when things become heated. We need to work through these times and ensure we are continuing to offer the best service to the community.

    We see police when something is going wrong, but I’d like to see police presence and engagement more regularly, just so we can get to know you. What are some specific things you are doing in urban and rural areas to make this happen?

    It is generally more noticeable to observe police when they are engaged in a call for service, as their emergency equipment is often on for extended periods of time – which draws attention. Or they are at a location for an extended period of time which also draws attention. 

    More often when a police officer drives by an area with no emergency equipment on they go unnoticed. This is why we encourage our police officers to stop and interact with the public when they have time to do so. 

    Sometimes on duty police officers are busy in different areas of the Municipality or completing paperwork of their ongoing investigations. Police officers make proactive patrols as part of their duty in all areas of the region when they are not engaged in other job functions. 

    We have made public engagements one of our policing priorities to ensure this is actively conducted and increased throughout the municipality. COVID-19 regulations and recommended guidelines have indeed created challenges in some areas of our engagements, but we continue to engage as much as we can. 

    During the past few months we have received positive feedback from our rural and indigenous communities on our exposure in their communities.  

    We continue to track our engagements throughout the year and designate police officer to different groups as a point of contact. 

    We are working towards opening a RCMP office in the Jubilee Building which will help increase public engagements.

    In the survey, Indigenous and Rural Community engagement was shown as a priority option. Since it isn’t in the list of priorities you mentioned tonight, is it no longer a priority?

    Indigenous and rural community engagement will always continue to be a priority for the RCMP.  This is encompassed in Objective #5 – Enhance Public Engagement & Confidence. 

    We have most recently created a new position, Indigenous Liaison Officer, which will solely focus on engagements with our surrounding eleven (11) indigenous governments.  Sgt. Martina NOSKEY

    We will be conducting virtual Town Halls to indigenous and rural communities throughout this year. They will be conducted to areas separately. We look forward to conducting these in person when the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. 

    Vision 150:  Our Policing Services - Enhance the trust and confidence of partners and communities

    National strategic priority.

    KDIV reconciliation strategy.

    I’ve heard stories about how long it takes for someone from RCMP to get to rural Indigenous communities – why? And is there anything being done about that?

    The region of Wood Buffalo is the largest policing zone in Alberta.  Unfortunately, there are times when the response time is greater in rural communities. This occurs on occasion in the urban area as well. These longer response times are often the result of number of different factors. 

    Often it is a result of officers being busy with others calls for service. We currently have designated police officers positioned in the north and south rural zones. They have a staggered shift schedule to offer the most coverage possible to the rural areas. 

    There are advantages that are gained through this current system as well, such as access to 24/7 on duty police officers, an ability to re-deploy on duty members from another area in an emergency, and specialized investigators available to provide expertise when needed.   

    We have office space in Fort MacKay, Janvier, and most recently Conklin. 

    We have received positive feedback over the past few months from our rural and indigenous communities on our presence in their communities.  

    We also work in collaboration with the local Integrated Traffic Unit and the Alberta Sheriffs. They often patrol these rural areas.

    How does increasing the number of drug-related charges actually reduce drug trafficking in our region? How will this be implemented?

    Addressing drugs requires a three pronged approach.  

    Enforcement discourages illegal behavior and can remove prolific offenders from the community.  The goal is to create an environment as difficult as possible for drug traffickers to operate within.  

    The other two prongs are education to keep people from becoming involved in drugs, and addiction to help people out of destructive lifestyles. 

    We have a designated Drug Unit in our detachment with experienced investigators. Their sole focus is on drug investigations and enforcements. It is in the public’s interest to lay charges in this area. 

    We also utilize the Community Policing Services unit to conduct drug presentations to the local schools and media releases to the community.

    Since COVID has forced us to stop seeing each other in person, how and where do you plan on conducting drug awareness and educational presentations? Who will be the audience for these presentations?

    COVID has indeed affected the way the RCMP interacts with the public and we are constantly developing alternative ways to bridge this gap. In conjunction with our Community Policing Services unit we have created may virtual presentations.  These have mostly been shared through the school systems throughout the region. 

    We have also created media releases for the general public and have now started with this platform which will help to connect with the community as a whole. 

    Our Community Policing Services unit has created a multitude of virtual presentations. Some of which were on the topics of Drug education, Bullying, on-line safety, and in partnership with Victim Services Healthy relationships. 

    Any group that wishes to have specific presentations created please reach out to the RCMP.

    I’m sure the RCMP is doing a lot in the community, but I don’t hear very much about it. How can the RCMP become more transparent about the crime in our region, and what they’re doing or accomplishing to make our region safer and better to live?

    The RCMP is indeed working hard to be more transparency with the public concerning crime in our region. We have uploaded our Quarterly Reports and our Crime Mapping on the RMWB website for anyone who wishes to view them. 

    We continue to send out media releases to the public to help keep them informed of what is happening in the community. 

    We meet with the Community Advisory Committee and share necessary information with them.  

    We have started the fiscal year off with this Virtual Open House and will continue to use this platform until COVID-19 restrictions are in place. 

    Our newly created Indigenous Liaison Officer position will also be a point of contact from all within our indigenous communities. 

    We will be opening a RCMP office in the Jubilee Centre for increased public engagement and accessibility.

    RCMP officers have a very hard job; what resources are available for your officer’s overall health?

    Throughout their careers RCMP officers are faced with varying types of stressors and difficulties. They receive in-depth training, and this continues throughout their service with annual recertification and any new training which arises. 

    Police officers are encouraged to maintain a healthy work/life balance. Physical fitness is a strong link to mental wellness, therefor maintaining physical fitness is focused on. 

    Police officers are encouraged to partake in community involvement – i.e. volunteer work, coaching sports teams, etc. This helps them get to know their community and the network outside of policing duties. 

    They are covered through their healthcare plan, which covers a multitude of areas from physical to emotional wellness. 

    Internally, we have a Peer to Peer volunteer support team. Which consists of RCMP officers helping other RCMP officers – this spreads across the whole country. 

    We also conduct defusings and debriefings after high stress situations. We also have our own medical and psychological doctors.

    Police officers are trained in “Suicide Awareness and Prevention” and take a course in Road to Mental Awareness (R2MR)”.  We conduct weekly in-house Mindfulness Sessions to police offices and employees of the Timberlea Detachment. 

    We have a Wellness Unit in the province – which has a mandate to promote, educate and support all K Division employees with maintaining a healthy, inclusive, harassment-free, productive and supportive workplace. We provide support to individuals, groups, units and detachments. We are available to provide guidance and help foster a healthy a healthy culture of collaboration and respect.

    We ensure that assistance is available to them at all times.

    There are known areas where homelessness and drug activity are ongoing, and sometimes dangerous to others in the area. Besides patrolling, what does the RCMP do to reduce this activity?

    The RCMP in partnership with the RMWB is part of committees and groups seeking ways to address homelessness.  Those include Street Connect, Mental Health Association, Salvation Army, Center of Hope, and wood Buffalo Housing to name a few. 

    Unfortunately, socio-economic issues are difficult to meaningfully address and require long term focus.

    How does the RCMP see drug awareness and educational presentations helping to reduce drug trafficking that is currently happening?

    By conducting drug awareness and educational presentations this will provide the facts of what drugs will have on your body, your life and your social environment. This will help deter people from entering into this lifestyle. 

    We utilize the Community Policing Services unit to conduct drug presentations to the local schools and media releases to the community.  

    On occasion these educational presentations help people identify either friends or family that are close to them who may be using drugs and leads to getting them the help that they need.

    What action is the RCMP are taking to address this National crisis (MMIWG2S)?

    National Reconciliation efforts:

    The RCMP as an organization understands that Reconciliation is pivotal, given the culmination of the Truth and Reconciliation’s “Calls to Action”. The acknowledgement and apology for dire actions by the Federal Government and the RCMP, the greater awareness amongst Canadians to account for and respect Indigenous people, communities and culture as well as the findings of the MMIWG Inquiry, all require movement on these issues.

    Commissioner Brenda Lucki is committed to administering a national RCMP Reconciliation strategy. This Strategy is based on the fundamental core values which all RCMP employees adhere to.

    How will my questions be answered for Ask a Cop a Question?

    Questions will be collected throughout the engagement and answered by the Wood Buffalo RCMP at the community virtual panel discussions. Each rural community will have separate virtual discussions. To stay informed about dates for your community discussion subscribe to the Community Policing page.  

    Why are only rural residents able to submit a question?

    The campaign will start in the rural communities this Spring, followed by the urban community later this Fall. Due to the importance of the project we want to ensure we can answer as many questions as possible and appropriate time is needed to do so.

    Why is communications with residents important to the RCMP?

    Transparency with residents is a top priority of the Wood Buffalo RCMP. Ensuring we continue to be innovative in communication opportunities to residents is vital. The Ask a Cop a Question allows another way for residents to connect regarding policing matters.

    How does my child become a community influencer?

    Youth that reside in any rural community in grades seven or eight are eligible to apply to become a community influencer. Residents can submit online at participate.rmwb.ca/community-policing or complete post cards available at local rural schools.

    What’s the benefit of becoming a community influencer?

    Becoming a community influencer supports being the voice for your neighbors, friends, and family.  It allows your ideas to be heard benefiting your entire community.

    What’s the prize for the community influencer?

    Chosen community influencers will have the opportunity to co-host a virtual panel discussion with Wood Buffalo RCMP members. The event will answer questions submitted by residents throughout the Ask a Cop a Question campaign. Additionally, a pizza party will be provided for the influencer and their class from the Wood Buffalo RCMP.

    How are community influencers chosen?

    Each rural community will have a chosen influencer to represent their community. The more people you can get to submit questions, the closer you get to become an ambassador for your community.

    Is the RCMP part of the RMWB?

    The RCMP is Canada's national police force, providing law enforcement services across the country. We contract the RCMP to provide police services to residents of Wood Buffalo.

    What does an Annual Performance Plan mean?

    The Annual Performance Plan is the identification of policing priorities for the year, formally included in a document for the police to work from.  This plan is created with community consultation, input from stakeholders and your local RCMP.  It outlines what your local RCMP should make important for the year (from April 1st to March 31st) and then we track results on a quarterly basis to be accountable to the community.

    Why are these ‘new’ priorities being announced in April?

    The RCMP bases its effort on our fiscal calendar, which is from April 1 to March 31. This is why our 2022-2023 policing priorities are being announced now.

    Were the results from the Annual Policing Priorities Survey factored into the 2022-2023 policing priorities?

    The feedback received throughout the Annual Policing Priorities Survey from January 17-February 14 was carefully reviewed and considered for 2022-2023 policing priorities. Understanding the region’s priorities allows the RCMP to concentrate on the direction for policing that matters to all communities.

    Do I need to pre-register for the Virtual Open House?

    Pre-registration is encouraged, however not mandatory to attend the virtual open house. When registering an event link will be emailed to you in advance of the event. For those who choose not to preregister the live link is available here.

    Who can we talk to about the program?

    Please contact Pulse directly:

    9909 Franklin Avenue
    Fort McMurray, Alberta T9H 2K4

    Phone: 780-743-7000

    Toll Free: 1-800-973-9663

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