The RCMP are hosting a community meeting tonight in Biggar to discuss concerns around rural crime.
Staff Sgt. Rob Embree said this is one of a number of public meetings the RCMP will be holding in the months ahead.
"It's an opportunity for the citizens, for the stakeholders in the area of Biggar to come in and have that open dialogue," he said. "The biggest thing we're looking at here is having that open communication and building relationships."
Area residents will have the opportunity to provide input to the RCMP if they have any concerns, Embree said, but he noted the event is not related in any way to the recent and controversail trial of Gerald Stanley. Rather, he said, it's an opportunity for the RCMP to hear from the community.
At the town hall meeting, Embree said the RCMP's local detachment commander will meet with the public to discuss what the RCMP are working on in their community.
"We always want people to know our number one priority is the safety and security of the public, and our officers," he said. "We highly value their input; that's what we're looking for."
The RCMP will also discuss their recently-created Crime Reduction Team at the meeting. Embree said the team will be conducting targeted enforcement, tracking chronic offenders and executing arrest warrents as part of their work.
Other town hall meetings are planned in La Loche and Perdue, Sask. In the year ahead, Embree said each detachment willl have a town hall meeting where residents can "ask questions and offer ideas about community safety."
The Biggar community meeting will take place at the Biggar Community Hall tonight, starting at 7 p.m.
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