From The City of Red Deer
Council sets local policing priorities for next two years
After consulting with the community, City Council has set their policing priorities for the next two years. The priorities were formally adopted at today’s regular Council meeting and will be implemented by the Red Deer RCMP.
“Over the past year, we heard from citizens through several public participation sessions on the topic of crime and community safety, and the information provided by Red Deerians is reflected in the updated policing priorities set by Council,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “Over the next two years, Red Deer RCMP will prioritize reducing property and drug related crimes, enhancing public safety, and improving community relations between police and citizens. Public safety remains Council’s top priority and will continue to until we see results across our community.”
The updated policing priorities for 2020-2022 are:
o Crime Reduction – Property and Drugs
o Public Safety – Dynamic Enforcement
o Community Relations – Responsive and Visible
Within each priority area, objectives and goals have been set, which will be measured and reported on over the next two years.
“Reducing crime and improving community safety continues to be a top priority for The City, and we will continue to partner with the RCMP to make improvements in these areas, which is reflected in the Red Deer Policing Plan,” said Ken McMullen, Deputy General Manager of Development and Protective Services.
Last winter, hundreds of citizens participated in the “Better Together” public participation sessions, both in person and online, on the topic of improving community safety and reducing crime. The City also conducted a statistically valid telephone survey on the topic of policing this past February. Results from the Better Together initiative are online at www.bettertogether.reddeer.ca.
Bus fares and transit fees rising next month: City of Red Deer
Increase to fees and fares, effective September 1
“Like every business, our operating costs have increased and in order to maintain our current levels of service for our riders we had to consider increasing our bus fares,” said Jeremy Bouw, Manager, Transit & Fleet Services. “This year we have seen our ridership slowly increasing and we want to keep that trend moving upward by maintaining our transit services and continuing to attract new riders.”
As of September 1, the following rates will be applied to Transit services:
- Cash Fares
- Adult (18-64 years) – $3
- Youth (6-17 years) / Student / Senior – $2.50
- 12 Ride Pass
- Adult – $33
- Youth / Student / Senior – $27.50
- Unlimited Ride (Monthly Pass)
- Adult – $75
- Senior – $62
- Student – $62
MyRide, The City’s electronic bus pass, is available for purchase at Transit Customer Service in Sorensen Station or at City Hall. MyRide can be conveniently reloaded with the fare type of your choice in 12 ride bundles or unlimited monthly passes at Transit Customer Service, City Hall or one of the seven reload stations located throughout the community.
As of September 1, the following recreation services will experience rate changes:
- Daily admission at the Collicutt Centre, Recreation Centre, Michener Centre, Servus Arena, Kinsmen Community Arenas and Setters Place at Great Chief Park
- Monthly Recreation All Access Passes and Recreation Value Passes*
- 10 punch passes at the above-mentioned facilities
- Group admission fees at the above-mentioned facilities
- Childminding fees at the Collicutt Centre and G.H. Dawe Community Centre
- Facility rental fees
* The Recreation Plus Pass fee was adjusted with the opening of the newly expanded G.H. Dawe Community Centre in February, and will not receive another adjustment in September.
“Our intent is always to provide as much access to recreation as possible, while managing increased costs, staffing levels and maintenance demands,” says Tammy Greba, acting Recreation Superintendent. She continues, “as a demonstration of this, we continue to offer the Fee Assistance Program to those needing financial help accessing City Arts and Recreation programs and services.”
For more information on fees and fares visit:
City welcoming evacuees from Northwest Territories
A reception centre will be ready at noon on Thursday, August 17 at the GH Dawe Community Centre (6175 67 Street).
People arriving in Red Deer from the Northwest Territories are asked to register at the GH Dawe Community Centre (6175 67 Street). Additional supports for evacuees are available including assistance for lodging, meals, medical and pet care.
The GH Dawe Community Centre remains open to the public and all recreation activities are running as scheduled.
People looking to support evacuees can do so by donating to the Canadian Red Cross or Central Alberta Humane Society (to support evacuees with pets). Both these organizations are accepting monetary donations only.
- To donate to the Red Cross: Donations can be made either online at www.redcross.ca or at the local Red Cross Office (105 – 5301 43 Street).
- To donate to the Central Alberta Humane Society: https://cahumane.com/
More information on The City’s response is available at reddeer.ca/evacuees
Information for Evacuees:
- People arriving in Red Deer from the Northwest Territories are asked to register at the G.H. Dawe Community Centre (6175 67 Street).
- If you or anyone you’re evacuating with require additional supports (meals, medical, lodging, pet care) staff are available to support at the G.H. Dawe Community Centre.
- Evacuees will receive free transit and recreation passes. More information is available at the Reception Centre (G.H. Dawe Community Centre).
Information for Residents:
- The G.H. Dawe Community Centre remains open, with programming not impacted at this time.
- While we greatly appreciate our community’s desire to help, the best way to help is by donating to the Canadian Red Cross or Central Alberta Humane Society (to support people with pets). Both these organizations are accepting monetary donations only to support evacuees.
- Organizations looking to support can email [email protected]
For the latest wildfire information, visit https://www.gov.nt.ca/ecc/en/services/wildfire-update
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