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Regional Enforcement reporting less incidents at the Dunes and on waterways

Feb 10, 2017

Regional Enforcement Services recently delivered their 2016 Year End Report to the County of Grande Prairie Reeve and Councillors.

Peace Officer Sergeant Stuart Fry says they have noticed a decrease in reported incidents in places like the Dunes and on waterways.

"The enhanced unit, as well as our peace officers, have had a much higher presence in those areas, and we're receiving a lot of positive feedback from the users in the area. We hope to think that it is deterring some less than desirable activity," explained Fry.

Regional Enforcement received over 1,700 calls for service in 2016, handed out 2,856 tickets and saw 1,239 animals come through the regional pound.

"It was a busy year for us," said Fry. "Everything from road bans in the spring and late fall, as well as quad patrols in green spaces. And special events such as Stompede, Teepee Creek and Guitars and Wagons."

He added revenue from collecting fines in 2016 was comparable to previous years.

When it comes to 2017, Fry isn't expecting much of a change.

"We'll be continuing to be in those green spaces," he said. "We look forward to a safe year out there, and it will be business as usual."

Other highlights included members dispatching to Fort McMurray to help battle last springs wildfire.

 

- Trevor Snell/sr

 

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