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Youth spot approved on policing committee

November 21, 2023  By City of Cold Lake

Nov. 21, 2023, Cold Lake, Alta. – Community positions for the City of Cold Lake’s new Policing Committee will soon be advertised, and city council is hoping to engage with community members on the important topic of policing and public safety in the community.

“This is an opportunity to have members of the public engaged on public safety issues,” said Mayor Craig Copeland. “Representation is an important factor for community policing, and this committee will provide a chance for volunteers to make an important difference in their community.

One spot on the committee is intended for a youth aged 16 to 18. Other members of the community are also invited to apply, with up to four additional spots open to Cold Lake residents and two spots reserved for members of council. They will be joined by an RCMP Officer in Charge, as a non-voting, advisory member on the committee.

The Police Act in Alberta recently underwent changes, requiring municipalities with populations of 15,000 or more to establish a policing committee. This committee will help develop an annual plan listing priorities and strategies for municipal policing. It will also represent the interests and concerns of the public to the Officer in Charge, and assist the Officer in Charge in resolving complaints, among other tasks.


“The men and women at the Cold Lake RCMP detachment have been working heavy case loads and have always done their best to respond to the public’s concerns,” Copeland said. “Their efforts have been outstanding and much appreciated by our residents. This is a chance not only for the detachment to hear from the public, but for the community members on the committee to hear about the challenges that police face, the reality of policing and the support that they can use.”

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