Lethbridge Regional Police Get New Officers And High Approval Rating
Lethbridge: The results are in from a special survey commissioned by Lethbridge Regional Police, showing that more than 90% of people felt very safe or somewhat safe in Lethbridge, but they feel less safe downtown.
The Citizen Society Research Lab at Lethbridge College interviewed roughly 700 randomly-selected people by phone in Lethbridge and Coaldale. When the survey is scrutinized, 52.4 % of respondents indicated they feel somewhat safe in the downtown area, while 30.7% felt very safe downtown. Police Chief Tom McKenzie says the force has ongoing initiatives to combat crime downtown. Right now, there are six officers assigned to patrol the area.
One of the other main questions asked, regarded Regional Police performance. The majority of Lethbridge residents -- 70.5% -- believe the Service is doing a good job policing their community. That's up from 69.9% in 2010. The approval rating from Coaldale residents was 63.3%, down just slightly from 2010 when the rating was 68.2%.
In terms of attitude and behavior from LRPS officers, 89.8% of Lethbridge residents found officers to be polite and respectful when conducting their duties. For Coaldale residents, the rating was 95.1%.
At the Regional Police Commission meeting Wednesday afternoon, Chief Tom McKenzie confirmed the service would be hiring nine new officers at the beginning of May - four to replace officers leaving the force and five additional positions.
Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 12/8/2013 4:02:13 PM
Source: Marion Warnica - Dori Modney -- Country 95 News