July 4, 2018

United Conservatives release recommendations to combat rural crime

The United Conservatives today released an in-depth report on the crime epidemic that has been plaguing rural communities across Alberta for more than three years.

The report summarizes the feedback received at dozens of town hall meetings, analyzes the most recent crime statistics, reviews relevant legislation and policies at various levels of government, and incorporates interviews with law enforcement personnel and other key actors in the system. The result is a set of recommendations that take into account the multitude of factors that have combined to create this crisis.

“I want to thank our Rural Crime Task Force for the work they did to get to the heart of this complex issue,” said United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney. “These are thoughtful recommendations that go well beyond short-term, band-aid solutions to drive meaningful change.”

The recommendations focus on concrete actions that can be taken to strengthen police response capability, effectively address the problem of repeat offenders, improve data collection, combat court delays, improve services for victims, strengthen crime prevention efforts, and reduce property crime in rural communities.

“The fact of the matter is that families from across rural Alberta still don’t feel safe in their own homes,” said United Conservative Justice Critic Angela Pitt. “The NDP thinks that throwing money at the problem is an effective solution but there are long-standing, systemic issues that must be dealt with before meaningful improvements can be made. These recommendations go a long way towards achieving that goal.”

“As a former police officer, I have long been frustrated with deficiencies in our justice and policing systems that deny justice to victims and allow criminals to go free without punishment,” said United Conservative Solicitor General Critic Mike Ellis. “I am proud of the work the United Conservative Caucus has done to consult broadly with Albertans and thoughtfully consider innovative and long-term solutions. It’s something this NDP government should have done a long time ago.”