The Consort RCMP detachment is trying its best to get members into local communities, but
the NCO says homes aren’t always easy to come by.
Consort acting commander Cpl. Chad Salmi spoke to Castor town council at their regular
meeting Feb. 24. Salmi is also acting commander of the Coronation detachment area, which
Salmi said the RCMP are currently in financial planning mode for the next fiscal year and
wanted to gather input from communities on priorities for policing and also hear community
He said the RCMP’s goals include reducing crime but also include enhancing public
confidence and engagement, goals which can be reached in a variety of ways: coffee breaks
with the RCMP, council meetings or simply talking with residents on the street.
Salmi noted the RCMP know that rural crime is a concern. However, he said he wanted to
hear directly from councilors about local issues.
Councilor Trudy Kilner said police visibility is important. “We don’t see them around here
enough,” said Kilner.
The corporal said the RCMP are looking at having members live in Castor, but housing is
always a concern. It seems there is always property for sale, but rental properties are usually
more in demand with newer or younger Mounties.
Salmi said an RCMP member recently had trouble finding a home in Coronation and the
rental market in Castor is also tight. He stated that if the rental market was better, he suspects
members would be attracted to Castor because, for example, it’s closer to Stettler and Red
It was noted that the RCMP likes to lease property, as the landowner remains responsible for
Mayor Richard Elhard said that as far as crime or safety concerns, speeding is always on the
lost, as are stop sign infractions. Elhard said it seems people treat stop signs as optional.
Councilor Tony Nichols agreed speeding is a concern. in Castor.
The mayor elaborated: he said 50 th Street “is kind of a race track,” and Castor residents also
have to deal with stunting on icy roads.
Councilor Lonny Nelner said every year council hears complaints from residents who are
concerned about speeding and stunting.
The subject of RCMP funding was mentioned. Salmi said it appears there may be increased
funding for the RCMP, but whether the Castor region sees another member is not known.
Salmi noted the average cost for an RCMP constable and patrol car is about $160,000.
Councilor Nichols echoed the concern. that he would like the RCMP to be more visible in the
Councilors accepted Salmi’s presentation as information.
Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, East Central Alberta Review