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Taber Municipal Police Commission receives bylaw report

Posted on October 5, 2016 by Taber Times

The following are selected briefs of the Community Peace Officer Quarterly Report submitted to the Taber Municipal Police Commission at their Sept. 15 regular meeting. The report is current to Aug. 31, 2016, and was prepared by Cst. Dave Gyepesi.

Officer Resignation
“During this reporting period we have lost the services of Brandon Bullock. Due to this we had many challenges in dealing with the volume of complaints. Our two summer students worked hard to fill in the gap, and Cst. Gyepesi completed the necessary PROS files.”

Westview Estate Issues
“The ongoing issues surrounding the Westview Estates properties have, for the most part, been rectified and the residential lots in the area have been cut and maintained. This issue has taken a large amount of the past CPO’s and the summer students’ time since the spring. In an effort to circumvent this issue, the CPO was instructed to meet with the involved parties prior to the spring weed season and develop a plan for weed maintenance.”

CPO Program Review
“The majority of the municipalities I spoke with have the services of at least one CPO, (but) vary in terms of duties for the CPO. Some municipalities, such as the City of Lacombe, employ three community peace officers. The utilize one strictly for provincial statute enforcement, and the other two have their priority as municipal bylaw investigations, including animal control.”

CPO Sharing Arrangements
“Some municipalities share services by creating Memorandums of Understanding between municipalities to share CPO officers. In the Town of Morinville, for example, they have three full-time CPOs and two part-time CPOs that are brought in from neighbouring communities when the need arises. This allows for full complement service when required.”

Additional Employee Advocated
“Due to our needs in our community, I believe that the value of a CPO is high within our organization. Having said that, I believe it is important to complement our CPO with a part-time municipal bylaw enforcement employee who can assist with animal control and other bylaw matters that need attending to.”

Animal Shelter Facility
“One of the major challenges we face is the lack of a non-profit society animal shelter facility within our town. Although the current contractor has done a good job liaising with other shelters for animal relocation, it would be beneficial to explore other opportunities, such as partnerships with other municipalities.”

Summer Students
“The two summer students will be utilized will be utilized past the summer months to ensure a smooth transition to the hiring of a new employee. Officer Straga and Officer Guenther will work part time to field complaints and follow up on outstanding files. All PROS tasks have been issued to Cst. Gyepesi to complete until a new CPO is hired.”

Internal Reorganization
“Our reorganization within within, due to the inspector vacancy, has resulted in the CPO program being surpervised by the operations sergeant (as of June 15, 2016).”

CPO Monthly Statistics 2016
Municipal Bylaw – Other: June (42), July (28), August (17), YTD (213). Parking Offences: June (2), July (1), August (1) YTD (32). Items Lost and Found: June (8), July (4), August (3), YTD (25). Bylaw – Traffic: June (8), July (6), August (2), YTD (39). Provincial Moving/Non-Moving: June (4), July (1), August (1), YTD (25). Animal Calls: June (3), July (18), August (9), YTD (40). Notices: June (99), July (92), August (16), YTD (285). Miscellaneous: YTD (8). Total: June (166), July (150), August (48), YTD (667).

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