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Innisfail RCMP to hold second community engagement session

Innisfail RCMP will host a public engagement event to provide information about the Government of Alberta’s proposed provincial police service as well as an update on local policing efforts.

In a release, the RCMP detachment says in early 2022 they identified in-person community engagement as a “strategic priority”.

They will host the public engagement event about the future of the RCMP in collaboration with the Town of Innisfail’s Fire & Protective Services Department and it will feature a presentation from the National Police Federation.

The Nov. 15 event will be the second community engagement hosted jointly by the town and the RCMP.

“These meetings are an excellent opportunity for people to let us know their concerns. It also gives us a chance to identify potential issues that have not been brought to our attention,” said Gary Leith, Manager of Fire & Protective Services for the Town of Innisfail.

Organizers hope the event can help inform the public about the government’s proposal.

“This event will give people a chance to learn about the government’s proposed changes to police services in the province,” added Sgt. Ian Ihme, Acting Detachment Commander of the Innisfail RCMP.

The event will take place on Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Innisfail Legion, 5108 49 Ave.

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