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Alberta provincial police force study moving ahead

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Alberta’s United Conservative government is moving forward with a provincial police force study.

Pricewaterhouse Coopers will provide the UCP government with an independent assessment of a possible transition to an Alberta police service.

Justice Minister Kaycee Madu says through the Fair Deal Panel, Albertans who are policed by the RCMP, expressed frustration with the mounties, saying they want a provincial police service instead.

“Alberta’s government has an obligation to listen to those concerns and explore how a police force designed in Alberta – not Ottawa – would improve the safety and security of Albertans and their property,” stated Madu in a news release. “Alberta’s government must make an informed choice, and this report will bring us one step closer to the panel’s recommendation. After a federal throne speech that ignored nearly all the legitimate concerns of Albertans, this an important part of getting a fair deal for Alberta, while limiting Ottawa’s reach into the province.”

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The provincial police transition study will also consider operational requirements, processes and potential costs for creating an Alberta police service.

The UCP government notes that during the Fair Deal Panel’s consultations, Albertans expressed their frustrations with the RCMP. Concerns included:

  • The force is overly bureaucratic
  • RCMP members have a limited connection to the province
  • Members are unable or unwilling to confront activists
  • Heavy-handed enforcement of gun laws

A final analysis is expected to come back to the province for consideration before the end of next April.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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