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PBLE doing visibility patrols on evenings, weekends

Posted: June 29, 2021

 
PBLE doing visibility patrols on evenings, weekends 

 
 
PBLE started weekend visibility patrols on May long weekend. 
 

May long weekend marked the start of increased patrols by Prairie By-law Enforcement (PBLE) in the municipality.

This year’s budget included increasing PBLE’s patrols to five days a week from four and the addition of weekend visibility patrols over the summer, from May long until September.

The RM contracts PBLE for local by-law enforcement and they deal with issues including unsightly properties, sign and noise complaints, derelict vehicles on residential property, drainage, parking complaints and truck route enforcement.

The RM increased PBLE’s visibility patrols last year to assess their effectiveness.

Mayor Shelley Hart says community safety is of utmost importance and having by-law enforcement officers out on the streets on evenings and weekends helps deter crime.

"Safety is always on the minds of our residents and one of the most common comments I hear is that police don’t patrol our community like they did at one time,” Hart said.

She acknowledged changes to the RCMP detachments boundaries have reduced their ability to patrol – in 2008 the local police force covered only East St. Paul. Today’s detachment has a substantially larger coverage area that includes West St. Paul and south St. Clements.

"I appreciate Council’s support in funding these extra patrols and with the additional volunteers we have recruited to our Citizens on Patrol Program over the past two years, we are enhancing safety throughout the community.”

 

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