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Kings District RCMP Inspector Mike Payne referred to a map of Kings County during the Aug. 29 public meeting of the Kings Police Advisory Board.
By Nancy Kelly
The officer in charge of Kings District RCMP is satisfied local public policing concerns are being addressed at the Kingston RCMP detachment.
Speaking to members of the Kings Police Advisory Board and community members Aug. 29 in Kingston, Insp. Mike Payne reported on some procedural changes that have been made since the committee hosted a public meeting in June.
“That meeting was well attended and lots of concerns were raised,” acknowledged Payne, who summarized the force’s response to the earlier meeting.
Payne said Kingston RCMP has not done a particularly good job of updating the public about ongoing investigations, but explained there is now a procedure in place to ensure people get a response from RCMP about “the good, bad or ugly” details about an investigation in which they have an interest.
The detachment has also addressed concerns about speeding by enhancing traffic patrols in the Western Kings area, he said. Visibility of police members has also been improved with the full staffing of the detachment, which now boasts 14 officers, one school resource officer and three administrative personnel.
Kingston village commissioner Scott Peckford said he has noticed a greater police presence in the village since June.
“I have seen more officers out and about since the meeting,” said Peckford. “I am fairly impressed by that.”
Kings West MLA Leo Glavine concurred.
“In a very short timeframe we have seen more (police) presence and I have heard a number of positives from my constituents.”
In late fall, the detachment will gain an additional three officers through new resources coming from the municipality. Payne said the new staff would help the detachment reach its goal of having four teams of four officers providing seven-days-a-week, round-the-clock coverage.
“We will get there this fall,” he promised.
Payne said the Kingston detachment woulud continue to address public concerns about local property crime and illegal drug activity while focusing on improved customer service initiatives and using regional resources that benefit all communities in Kings County.