By Cole Parkinson
With fall well underway in southern Alberta, the Taber/Vauxhall RCMP have plenty of work on the go for the last few months of 2021.
First up is a virtual town hall set for next week.
“We’ll be doing an RCMP detachment town hall meeting. It was supposed to be in person in Vauxhall on October 19 at 3 p.m., but it has changed due to COVID again to a virtual town hall,” explained Cpl. Brian Weisbrod at the Municipal District of Taber’s regular meeting on Sept. 28. “We’re trying to arrange some sort of live Facebook event to speak about the RCMP detachment to speak to the community members and gauge their take on what the RCMP is doing, if they have any areas of concern we could work on or that sort of thing.”
With an early afternoon targeted to host the town hall, council asked if they could move the time to later in the day.
3 p.m. time frame
“The 3 p.m. time frame may be challenging for some. If it’s done live, it will be recorded and others could watch, but as you promote it, can people submit via email or directly calling for questions you may ask at the town hall?” asked Coun. Tamara Miyanaga.
Weisbrod explained there was a certain factor as to why 3 p.m. was chosen and there was no wiggle room to change the time.
“Yeah, I haven’t worked out all the kinks yet as I’d like to talk to Carley (Grant, M.D. communications coordinator) first, but 3 p.m. was decided because it’s not just me putting this on. District wants to be down here too because they can provide input and answer questions that are beyond the detachment level. That is the time they can come and they’re trying to go to all of these. Every detachment is putting on one of these and they are trying to go to all.”
He also stated they would be asking residents to submit questions for the town hall.
“I will definitely look into how people can ask questions if they can’t be there or I can respond to questions after the fact. I will definitely try to make every accommodation I can for people who can’t make it for the live portion,” added Weisbrod.
The local RCMP have also seen some movement within their facility.
“One of our PSE’s (public service employee) transferred, so we’re down from two to one. That happened last month and I am in the process of hiring a new one. As of this morning, I believe we have had 14 applicants that passed the first stage. I believe there were 30 applicants total,” added Weisbrod. “We have one member who has been here for four years that is transferring. I wouldn’t be surprised if she is gone by the next council meeting, she is going off to Airdrie. She was a good member here and she’ll be missed. We were STE, so that still leaves us at full establishment.”