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Police review public engagement sessions resume Monday

The Municipality of Cumberland policing review public engagement sessions resume Monday at the E.D. Fullerton Municipal Building in Upper Nappan and conclude Tuesday at the River Hebert community centre. Both meetings are from 4 to 6 p.m. Darrell Cole-Municipality of Cumberland

After being postponed for a week following the damage caused by post-tropical storm Fiona, Cumberland County’s policing review public engagement sessions will resume on Monday afternoon in Upper Nappan and conclude Tuesday in River Hebert.

 The meetings are set for 4 to 6 p.m. at the E.D. Fullerton Building in Upper Nappan on Monday and at the River Hebert community centre in the former curling club building on Tuesday.

These are the final of five public engagement sessions that began in Parrsboro on Sept.  8 and continued on Sep. 15 in Springhill and Sept. 20 in Pugwash.

“We’re into our last meetings and the meetings we have held so far have been very good with very good input from those in attendance,” Cumberland County Mayor Murray Scott said. “There really haven’t been any surprises at the meetings as people have spoken to the consultants about what they hope for the future of policing in Cumberland County, things like visibility and involvement in the community.”

The mayor said the meetings last week were postponed out of an abundance of caution following the damage and continued power outages throughout the county.

Narrative Research was hired in August by the municipality to facilitate the public engagement sessions.People can also participate in an online survey that’s available by going to the municipality’s website: www.cumberlandcounty.ns.ca and clicking on the button “Participate in our Policing Services Survey”.

With two sessions left, the mayor said council is hoping people will take the opportunity to share their expectations with the consultants at one of the last two sessions or through the survey.

The review committee wants to hear what residents have to say about the policing services they want, how visible they expect police to be in their communities, what level of community involvement they expect from police and what are their expectations regarding response times.

Council began the process in April when it approved a motion to conduct a review of policing options, including a review of the current delivery of policing services in the community, identify any alternate service providers and to identify options for the delivery of policing services.

The municipality established a review committee in May, which recommended a public engagement process be followed.

After the final public meeting, the police services review committee will reconvene to consider the information provided by Narrative Research and has the option of moving forward with a request for proposals from service providers.The mayor said he expects the committee to be able to submit a recommendation to council this fall.