The Langley RCMP are going on the road to talk to local residents about issues and problems in their neighbourhoods.
The meetings, the first of which has already been held in the Willoughby/Walnut Grove area, arenâ€™t about an ongoing problem, said head of the Langley RCMP Supt. Murray Power.
â€œItâ€™s kind of nice that we donâ€™t have a crisis, and weâ€™re trying to get ahead of any potential crisis,â€ said Power.
Power was there with numerous officers, civilian staff, and volunteers from groups like Block Watch and the Community Police Offices.
Sgt. Dave Carr, the head of Community Policing within the Langley RCMP, said there have been recent changes to get more officers in local neighbourhoods.
For the first time in some years, officers will be serving out of the Community Police Offices again, for example.
Carr said the local detachment is looking to re-connect with the community.
The playoff-night crowd at last weekâ€™s meeting was rather small, but officers and others talked about how the Langley RCMP works, how residents can help protect themselves against some of the more common types of property crime, and how best to help yourself and others when calling 911.
One main theme of the meeting was that more information is always better. Police need tips, even if itâ€™s just about a suspicious car or person.
They also shared some success stories, including arrests of people involved in repeated thefts.
â€œDonâ€™t hesitate to raise concerns,â€ said Power.
The series of public meetings will continue, moving through different communities in Langley:
â€¢ Langley City: Thursday, April 30, Langley Secondary Schoolâ€™s large gymnasium
â€¢ Aldergrove: Wednesday, May 6 Aldergrove Community Secondaryâ€™s dramanasium
â€¢ Willowbrook/Willoughby: Thursday, May 14, Township of Langley Civic Facilityâ€™s Fraser River Room
â€¢ Murrayville/Brookswood: Wednesday, May 20 Brookswood Secondary Schoolâ€™s theatre.
All the meetings run from 6:30-8 p.m.