Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Kaycee Madu will be touring the province to discuss rural crime and police reform. (Advocate file photo).

Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Kaycee Madu will be touring the province to discuss rural crime and police reform. (Advocate file photo).

Justice Minister to talk to Drumheller-area residents about rural crime on Friday

Alberta’s Justice Minister will be in the Drumheller area Friday to talk to citizens about rural crime, with a focus on police reform.

Kaycee Madu will be at the Munson Community Hall, 201 Main Street in Munson from 4 to 6 p.m. on July 23.

This is part of Madu’s first set of town hall meetings, which are mostly in southern Alberta — from Millarville to Claresholm. More locations in other parts of the province are expected to be announced in the coming days.

Longstanding concerns about how long it can take police to arrive at emergencies prompted the government to launch the Rural Alberta Provincial Integrated Defence (RAPID) response initiative earlier this year.

Under RAPID Response, provincial peace officers were given expanded authorities to help the RCMP on urgent calls and to investigate a wider range of traffic offences.

These town hall sessions will be opportunities to discuss ongoing work to modernize the Police Act, as well as update the public on the progress of the government’s study on the feasibility of establishing a provincial police service to replace the RCMP in Alberta.

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