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Town of Bashaw council hears their RCMP detachment is independent

January 26, 2023  By Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Jan. 26, 2023, Bashaw, Alta. – Bashaw town council heard a report from the acting commander of their local RCMP detachment noting it is an independent station. The report was made at the Jan. 18 regular meeting of council.

This information was given by town Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Theresa Fuller in a phone interview with the ECA Review Jan. 20.

Cpl. Mark Cusak, currently in charge of the Bashaw RCMP detachment, spoke to councillors as a delegation to update them on the detachment’s search for a new permanent commanding officer.

Last year S/Sgt. Bruce Holliday accepted the position of commander of the Stettler RCMP detachment.

Cusak indicated he’d read an item in the ECA Review newspaper from a previous council meeting that Coun. Kyle McIntosh was concerned about not being informed of an acting commander recently taking over Stettler detachment.

Cpl. Cusak stated that Bashaw detachment is a stand-alone detachment and is not a satellite of the Stettler detachment.

He also pointed out that the search for a permanent commander in Bashaw continues, and that he is interested in the position; no definite timeline was given for naming a new commander.

Cusak stated that he’s found working as an RCMP officer in Bashaw to be a very positive experience.

During discussion Bashaw council told Cusak that community policing has been identified as a priority of the residents of Bashaw and Cusak responded that he understands that and feels it is a priority at the detachment too.

While he was speaking to councillors Cpl. Cusak gave an update on crime numbers in and around Bashaw.

He said the stats suggest crime is dropping in the area somewhere around the 30 per cent point.

Councillors thanked Cusak for his presentation.

– East Central Alberta Review

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