Blaine Calkins
Member of Parliament for Red Deer - Lacombe

Rural Crime Report

In Fall 2017, 11 Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) MPs representing constituencies across Alberta formed a dedicated Task Force to address the growing issue of rural crime. In partnership with United Conservative Party (UCP) MLAs, the CPC Alberta MP Rural Crime Task Force (CPC-MP RCTF) met with constituents, including community groups and law enforcement. We heard concerns, issues, and potential solutions from Albertans province-wide. Their contributions, in addition to relevant crime data, the criminal justice system and legislative and policy materials all revealed operational and systemic deficiencies which are contributing to the increase in rural crime.

This report summarises the findings of these meetings and the associated work of the CPC-MP RCTF and UCP MLAs. This report recognizes the dynamic and changing needs of rural Alberta communities related to crime and safety. This captures public sentiment and expert information on issues related to rural crime in Alberta. It provides detailed insights and opportunities with respect to the best measures to address rural crime. The report also examines the sufficiency of the current process of crime statistics reporting and offers recommendations at local, provincial and federal levels as to how that can be improved. Relevant experiences from victims of rural crime and from members of the criminal justice system are also included in the reporting. The reflections, opportunities, and observations in this report reflect the consensus view of those consulted, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the CPC-MP RCTF.

Toward a Safer Alberta - AB Rural Crime Task Force Report



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