Policing priorities in the RCMP survey spotlight

Chilliwack RCMP are looking for your feedback when it comes to crime, policing priorities and public safety.

They’re looking for your feedback when it comes to Chilliwack crime, policing priorities and public safety.

Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment is now seeking the input of citizens with an online survey.

It will be open for two weeks, allowing residents across the eastern Fraser Valley the chance to offer the RCMP input anonymously as they gather information for a strategic plan.

“We value the opinions of the general public,” said UFVRD Commander Supt. Deanne Burleigh. “And we’re interested in knowing about community priorities and concerns, as we make plans to shape our service in the future.”

The survey is seen as a means of “reaching out” to the communities served by the regional detachment, and for citizens views on various aspects of the service provided by the RCMP in the Upper Fraser Valley.

The strategic plan will provide a ‘road map’ for the UFV regional detachment, assisting with decision-making about where to put resources to best serve community needs.

“This is about our local communities,” says Supt. Burleigh. “We know there are provincial and national issues in the news about the RCMP, and these are ongoing and important priorities. However this process focuses on our service to communities in the Fraser Valley where we are the local police department.”

The survey will be available online until April 24. It is anonymous, and the answers will be submitted to an independent third party who will provide the RCMP with a summary report of the responses. Results of the survey will be released locally and there will also be presentations to community partners.

The survey has 10 questions on policing, crime and public safety in the Upper Fraser Valley. Members of the public can access the survey by going online to: http://fluidsurveys.com/s/UFVRD-RCMP/ ( in English), or

http://fluidsurveys.com/s/UFVRD-RCMP-FR/ (in French)

Anyone living, working or studying in the UFVRD service area is invited to participate. The Upper Fraser Valley Detachment area includes areas from Chilliwack to Boston Bar including Agassiz, Harrison, Hope, and the Fraser Valley Regional District. A link to the survey is also available on the bc.rcmp.ca website.