County officers to patrol Bowden

Red Deer County peace officers will extend their patrols into Bowden. County council unanimously approved an agreement to provide bylaw enforcement and peace officer services to the town on Tuesday.

Red Deer County peace officers will extend their patrols into Bowden.

County council unanimously approved an agreement to provide bylaw enforcement and peace officer services to the town on Tuesday.

The town has a bylaw officer but some extra help is required at times.

County peace officers will provide 10 hours a month of coverage in Bowden at a rate of $55 per hour. Similar contracts are in place in Delburne and Elnora.

Since the officers already patrol the surrounding area it will not require additional patrols or costs.

“I think it’s just a natural progression,” said Coun. David Hoar. He noted the county also signed an agreement earlier this year to oversee fire protection in the community.

Three county peace officers are on duty between 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. seven days a week.

Coun. Philip Massier said it’s a “wonderful idea” to work more closely with the urban municipalities within county borders.

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