Over 100 representatives from counties, rural crime watches, and concerned citizens attended a session at the Alberta Legislature on Monday, November 27th regarding how to combat rural crime. The Director with Raven Crime Watch says it spoke volumes to have concerned citizens from across the province there in Edmonton.
Concerned citizens from across the province are starting to make some noise in order to generate change when it comes to rural crime.
Over 100 people were in the legislative gallery on Monday, November 27th in Edmonton as silent delegates regarding how to combat rural crime.
Director with Raven Crime Watch Alison says United Conservative Party MLA's introduced most of the delegates from Red Deer County, all the way to Knee Hill County, and up to Lakeland County.
She says this is only the beginning.
Alison says she and some of her representatives were then contacted that day by the Chief of Staff for the Minister of Justice department and they had a separate meeting with the Acting Minister of Justice Marlin Schmidt.
Minister Schmidt and his staff listened to their concerns and has promised to have a follow up meeting in the Red Deer County area.
She says multiple MLA's of the United Conservative Party talked about the rural crime issue and read out quotes from the multitude of letters that have been sent.
Alison says they are going to continue to fight but they still need support. She encourages concerned rural citizens to send letters to your local ministers, MLAs and MPs.
Meanwhile, a rural crime task force has also been launched by the United Conservative Party with town hall meetings to be announced in the near future.
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