Connect with us
[bsa_pro_ad_space id=12]

City of Red Deer

Building permits way down in Red Deer. Trend is worrisome

Published

City Hall

From The City of Red Deer

Building permit values drop in November

Building permits were down in November, in both the number of permits issued and their values.

62 permits were issued in November with a combined value of just over $11.5 million, compared to 74 permits issued in November 2018, worth a combined $23.2 million. Year-to-date totals are sitting at just over half the value of the same period last year. January to November 2019 has seen $114.7 million in permits issued, compared to $222.4 million during the same period in 2018.

Notable permits for November include construction of shop and office space at a courier distribution centre in the Queens Business Park valued at $3.9 million, $1.2 million worth of interior renovations for Alberta Health Services administration offices at 50 (Gaetz) Avenue and 43 street, and a $708,000 permit for building a stage for Rogers Hometown Hockey.

Monthly permit statistics are available on The City’s website at: Red Deer Open Data Catalogue

 

City of Red Deer

Red Deer Police Review: City Council asks for more information, including transition plan information from other cities

Published

on

city of red deer rcmp

From The City of Red Deer

City Council tables Police Review

At today’s Special Council Meeting, City Council heard the Police Review report.

City Council directed to table the report to receive more information from Administration and to invite public feedback. Administration will bring back the report, with additional information, to City Council for discussion in the first quarter of 2020.

City Council requested more information on

  • collision centres,
  • auxiliary policing,
  • enhanced authority of Community Peace Officers,
  • crime mapping,
  • existing levels of service as outlined in the Annual Policing Plan,
  • deployment of officers
  • and use of technology (voice recorders).
  • Council also requested more information about salary comparators between municipal police services and the RCMP and the projected salary increases for the RCMP under unionization,
  • as well as transition plan information from other municipalities.
  • Maclean’s Most Dangerous Cities rankings from the past ten years will also be provided to Council as requested.

“Community safety is our number one priority and policing is a significant component of ensuring public safety,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “This is one of the most significant decisions City Council will make this term and the decision will not be made lightly. Today we directed Administration to bring additional information in Q1 of 2020 to inform Council’s decision, and it is imperative to allow time for public feedback.”

In November 2018, City Council directed Administration to undertake an independent review of policing services in Red Deer. The review is comprised of two parts, a Governance Review that identifies the opportunities and challenges with various policing operating models, as well as a Service Review with recommendations on enhancing services with the existing RCMP contract.

As part of the Service Review, Red Deer was compared to other cities with either RCMP contracts or their own municipal police service. The report shows that the cost of policing in Red Deer is comparable to other similar sized cities, while the Red Deer detachment has higher caseloads per full time equivalent employee.

The budget for the Police Review was approved at $200,000.

Continue Reading

City of Red Deer

City of Red Deer considering future with RCMP.. Police Review on Tuesday

Published

on

city of red deer rcmp

From The City of Red Deer

City Council to discuss Police Review on Tuesday

City Council will discuss the Police Review at a Special Council Meeting on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 beginning at 9:30 a.m.

In November 2018, City Council directed Administration to undertake an independent review of policing services in Red Deer. The review is comprised of two parts, a Governance Review that identifies the opportunities and challenges with various policing operating models, as well as a Service Review with recommendations on enhancing services with the existing RCMP contract.

“The Police Review provides a comprehensive and independent look at delivery options for policing services in Red Deer,” said Paul Goranson, Director of Protective Services. “The report does not make a recommendation on a preferred model but identifies opportunities and challenges with either option.”

As part of the Service Review, Red Deer was compared to other cities with either RCMP contracts or their own municipal police service. The report shows that the cost of policing in Red Deer is comparable to other similar sized cities, while the Red Deer detachment has higher caseloads per full time equivalent employee.

“The Service Review makes eight recommendations to enhance services currently provided, however further study is required before implementation,” said Goranson.

The budget for the Police Review was approved at $200,000.

For more information, review the following Q & A.

Police Review: Service Review and Governance Review

In November 2018, City Council directed Administration to undertake an independent review of policing services for Red Deer. The review comprises of two parts, a Governance Review that identifies the opportunities and challenges with various policing operating models, as well as a macro Service Review with service recommendations for the existing model with the RCMP contract.

Governance Review:

  1. What policing operating models were evaluated as part of the Governance Review?The review looks at police governance options highlighting the opportunities and challenges with the existing RCMP contract and a Municipal Police Service.

    At the onset of the review, additional governance options were considered. These included a hybrid model and a regionally-shared police service, however both were removed as standalone options in June 2019. The regionally-shared police service was considered a future expansion of a Municipal Police Service, and the hybrid option was not materially different than the contract with the RCMP or a Municipal Police Service.

    Both the RCMP contract and the Municipal Police Service offer opportunities for hybrid policing through tiered policing and obtaining other specialized services from other police services.

  2. How were the models evaluated under the Governance Review?City Council identified three categories to be considered for evaluation: governance and oversight, operating and capital costs, and operations management. Each model (both the contract with RCMP and the Municipal Police Service) were evaluated with this criteria.
  3. Does the Governance Review make a recommendation in favour of one model?No, the Governance Review does not recommend one model over another. The report identifies challenges and opportunities with both models.

    For example, under governance and oversight, the report indicates that The City of Red Deer, through a police commission could have greater local control over operational priorities with a Municipal Police Service. However, under the RCMP model, The City has significantly less risk and liability.

    For operating and capital costs, The City, with the RCMP model, currently receives a 10 per cent federal subsidy. If a Municipal Police Service was established, the subsidy would be eliminated and there would be one time transition costs as well as a higher ongoing operating cost.

Under operations management, the RCMP model allows for access to specialized units, training and additional resources. With a Municipal Police Service, these services would be provided internally or through agreements with other police services.

4. What are the cost differences between the two policing models?

The RCMP operating costs are projected to be $43,755,000 in 2023. A Municipal Police Service operating costs are projected to be $50,899,000 with transition costs projected at approximately $13,583,000. These numbers are estimates only and could change based on a variety of factors.

Service Review:

  1. How does Red Deer compare to other detachments?The cost of policing in Red Deer is comparable to other similar sized cities, however the Red Deer detachment has higher caseloads per full time equivalent employee. Red Deer budgets for 171 RCMP members, which are complemented by approximately 100 City employees with duties that range from traffic and bylaw enforcement, public services, policing support, records management, dispatching calls, and crime analytics.
  2. A customer satisfaction survey was included as part of the Service Review, what were the results?In spring 2019, customers who either visited the detachment in person or called the police non- emergency line were asked to participate in a short survey about their satisfaction. Participants were asking for services, such as criminal record checks, police certificate or to report a crime. Overall, 92 per cent of respondents indicated that they were either satisfied or very satisfied with the services received.
  3. What recommendations were made as part of the Service Review?The consultant identified the following opportunities to consider as ways to enhance services provided under the RCMP contract:
    •   Expansion of a tiered policing model to manage labour and associated personnel costs
    •   Alternative service delivery for police checks and collision reporting
    •   Use of technologies to increase the efficiency of officers
    •   Achieve full complement of planned officers or reallocate funding to other policing priorities
    •   Greater use of community policing and investment in prevention
    •   Expanded use of intelligence led policing
    •  Establishment of service level standards
    •   Monitoring and reporting of service level performance to counter perceptions and drive improvements  

 

Further study is required prior to implementation of some of the above opportunities.

Continue Reading

december, 2019

thu12dec5:30 pm7:30 pmH.E.A.R.T.S (Helping Empty Arms Recover through Sharing)H.E.A.R.T.S (Helping Empty Arms Recover through Sharing)5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

thu19dec5:30 pm7:00 amMonthly Mindfulness Drop-In5:30 pm - 7:00 am

tue31decwed01janNew Year's Eve Dueling PianosNew Year\'s Eve at Boulevard7:00 pm - (january 1) 2:00 am

Trending

X