Halifax Regional Police are looking for public input on the force of the future.
The police have just released a 10-year strategic plan which is based, in part, on consultations that have been taking place since September 2013.
"What this is, is a compilation of what we've heard," said Deputy Chief Bill Moore of the Halifax Regional Police.
"What we're doing now in the feedback phase is saying, for those that did give us information, 'Do you see your comments reflected? Or do you see what you want your police force reflected in this document?'"
One of the changes Moore anticipates is in the area of communication. He said the police have to be quicker at getting the word out.
"We have a public that is much more informed about things," Moore said.
"We need to be very transparent and when we make a decision, we should be open and willing to discuss what that decision is and why we made it."
Halifax Regional Police already have a presence on Facebook and Twitter. Moore said they'll have to do more going forward.
"We have to become part of it and we are looking at how we're doing that," he said.
"I've said before that we've had a 24/7, 365-day operation and our communication model was really based around Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. So we're now looking at how we can become a much more 24/7 communication vehicle with the public and with our media as well."
The draft report lists goals that Halifax Regional Police should achieve by 2024. At the top of the list is making Halifax one of the top three safest mid-sized cities in Canada.
Moore said the force of the future may not be bigger, but resources could be redirected as the 10-year plan is implemented.
"I've always said just throwing more police officers at a problem may not be the right solution," Moore said.
"I think what we need to do is understand that there is a fiscal responsibility that we have, we have to manage the taxpayers' dollar. With that, at the same time, I think it's good for us to look at the way we're doing things."
The public is being given until Aug. 22 to weigh in on the draft report, although police will accept public input after that date. The plan is to prepare and release a final report in the fall.
Police are offering a number of ways for the public to comment:
- By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- On Facebook: www.facebook.com/HalifaxRegionalPolice
- On Twitter: @HfxRegPolice
- By mail: REenvision Project, Attn: Public Relations, Halifax Regional Police, 1975 Gottingen Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 2H1