Insp. Chris Bear during a previous community town hall in Chemainus just after he took over his position with the Duncan/North Cowichan RCMP. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Public invited to North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP town hall meetings

Chance for concerns to be heard at the Chemainus Legion on March 4

The North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP and the Cowichan Community Policing Advisory Committee Society are inviting the public to attend two public meetings to discuss priorities and initiatives for police during 2020 and 2021, including one in Chemainus on Wednesday, March 4.

The annual performance planning town halls are at the Chemainus Legion at 9775 Chemainus Rd. from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and the second town hall will be in the upstairs boardroom at the Cowichan Community Centre in Duncan on Thursday, March 5. Doors open at 6 p.m. for refreshments and sign-up at each event.

The annual meetings are an opportunity to use the power of community to prevent crime and provide input about public priorities in the coming year. There will be some presentations from police leadership and the CPAC Society, and then the public will be able to voice concerns, ask questions and suggest priorities for units within the detachment.

The invitation is extended to various participants from the community, including government, social services agencies, volunteers, and anyone who feels that they would like to make a useful contribution to the RCMP’s annual performance planning.

Insp. Chris Bear, the officer in charge of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment, is looking forward to hearing from the public.

“Community input is important as we consider our plans and goals for the next year,” he indicated. “We look forward to aligning the priorities of our frontline officers and specialized units with the expectations of community members.”

Members of the public who plan to attend are encouraged to consider the RCMP’s strategic priorities, such as police/ community relations, crimes against persons, substance abuse, road safety, property crimes and Indigenous policing.

Teresa Emery, president of CPAC, says this is an opportunity for the public to voice thoughts about policing in the community in a constructive way.

“We know that the public has lots of great ideas and thoughts about policing in the community,” she noted. “We encourage folks to come out and participate in sharing priorities on behalf of community groups, dedicated volunteers and individuals.”

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