Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Calgary police walking to their own beat

The boys in blue are taking back the streets.

Sixty-two new beat officers will be foot-patrolling Calgary’s hot-spots to crack-down on street-level crime.

The return to a grassroots form of policing should allow our city’s finest to developing relationships with the public, cultivate sources, and to overall increase their presence in Calgary’s core.

Fifty of the new officers will patrol the downtown area that includes the beltline and surrounding inner-city communities. These officers, many of whom are from Britain and thus accustomed to this form of policing, will join the original 16 beat-officers who began the initiative 2 1/2 years ago.

The officers will work around the clock. The biggest boon from this onslaught of new recruits according to Chief Rick Hanson is that police won’t be siphoned from other areas of the city.

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