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City of Red Deer urging businesses to join CAPTURE program and share video with RCMP


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Business Upgrading Security with CAPTURE

Red Deer RCMP Staff Sgt. C.J. (Jay) Peden is growing the detachment’s CAPTURE (Community Assisted Policing Through Use of Recorded Evidence) program, a mapping tool and database that allows citizens and business owners to supply their camera locations and contact information to the Red Deer RCMP.

CAPTURE lets RCMP members know where cameras are located, and who to approach to request access to footage that may come in handy during an investigation, such as vehicle identifiers, or physical characteristics of suspects.

One of the first businesses to sign up for CAPTURE was KMS Tools and Equipment and they are requesting that fellow business owners register for the program. KMS opened the doors of its Red Deer location eleven years ago, and today serves roughly 2500 customers per month. Last year, however, the business had an after-hours break-in and had the business been registered with CAPTURE it would have provided RCMP with more information about the suspects.

The break-in incident resulted in KMS increasing its security on site. In addition to signing up for CAPTURE, they have rearranged their security cameras, and added more cameras to the external structure of their building so they now have the entire perimeter and gating on camera.

“One of the ways I know to prevent crime, is to be proactive”, explains Vernon. “I want to be a part of the solution, and CAPTURE is a great start.  We already have the camera system set up for use, if the RCMP can use the footage to help in a case; it’s a win-win. I hope every business in Red Deer takes part.”

“CAPTURE was developed to build a mapping program of security cameras in the community,” explains Staff Sgt. Peden. “Security cameras are an excellent crime prevention tool, and with CAPTURE, we will be able to use cameras to help protect our neighbourhoods and businesses.”

When you join CAPTURE, police will ask for your contact information so they can quickly contact you to view your recordings to help in investigations. By registering your camera, you are taking an active role in deterring crime and assisting the Red Deer RCMP with their overall crime prevention goals in your community. RCMP will not ask for your login information and will never be able to look at your footage without your permission.

“The more people, and especially businesses, who register their cameras with CAPTURE, the more likely we will be to find footage that could lead to us identifying a criminal, finding evidence for an investigation, and making an overall impact in your neighbourhood,” explains Peden.

You can register your security cameras for CAPTURE, and learn more about the program, at

After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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Fire ban in effect for the city of Red Deer

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Effective immediately, The City of Red Deer has issued a full city-wide fire ban, due to dry conditions and high temperatures. A fire ban is initiated when conditions as per the Alberta Climate Information Services become extreme.

The following fires are not allowed within city limits:

  • Open fires using charcoal, briquettes or wood
  • Any source of open flame (i.e. tiki torches)

All existing fire permits are suspended

The following fires are allowed:

  • Certified portable gas fire pits
  • Certified gas stoves or barbeques designed for cooking
  • Certified cooking appliances utilizing charcoal, briquettes or wood pellets on residential property

Red Deer Emergency Services encourages residents to take extra caution to prevent fires. Proper disposal of smoking materials is very important as many fires are started by individuals throwing them out a window or discarding them in plants.

Residents who notice someone having a fire during this fire ban are advised to call 9-1-1. Any person contravening the fire ban will be subject to a $210 fine and applicable response fees.

This ban will remain in effect until conditions change, and further notice is given. Updates are available here.

For more information on fire bans across the province, visit

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Process for choosing a permanent site for shelter in front of City Council Monday

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Potential shelter site list going to Council on Monday

Detailed information about potential sites for the future integrated shelter will be discussed by Council during a closed portion of their meeting on Monday, August 15. Thanks to the support of a commercial realtor, citizens and community partners, 96 potential sites were identified and assessed based on Council’s Site Evaluation Matrix approved on July 4. The following is a breakdown of those 96 sites:
  • 50 market sites recommended by commercial realtor
  • Five unlisted sites recommended by commercial realtor
  • 13 City or Provincially owned land
  • 22 publicly recommended sites from May to July
  • Six sites put forward during the public call for sites from July 20 to 27

From the high-level list of 96 sites identified, administration completed the initial site assessment using the tool that was shared with Council at their meeting on July 18, 2022. Sites that scored more than 70 per cent moved to the next phase of technical assessment. The 12 sites that were moved forward, were put through a more comprehensive technical review, including administrative analysis, scoring and site related details

On Monday, during a closed meeting, Council will receive detailed information about the top 12 sites, as well as the full list of 96 sites. The site locations and detailed information will not be shared publicly at this time to protect the economic interest of potential parties (including site owners) involved.  On Monday, Council will also determine their next steps in the process of selecting a site to recommend to the province, which will include their own site assessment based on their Site Evaluation Matrix.

The current target date for Council to select a site to recommend to the province is August 29, however, if additional technical information is required on the current 12 sites, or additional sites identified by Council, that target date may be pushed out by a minimum of two weeks.

For more information on the future shelter, visit

To view the public Council report, please visit the agenda packet page 102-111 for shelter report.

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