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Violence and Risk Threat Assessment

Committee asks for council support

by Adrienne Tait Services has provided $30,000 for training. the picture together.
Mayor Greg Pasychny asked who would control the
According to Randall an informal version has been
My James Randall presented the Violence and Risk Threat used in the community has been well received. flow of information and who would be responsible for
ViewPoint Assessment (VRTA) model and provided town council “Families have felt supported and community agencies ensuring that any information collected would not fall
into the wrong hands. “All agencies complied into one
by Adrienne Tait on the current status of the committee and protocol have been used. This is not only about discipline or source? We're dealing with youth. If it got into the
consequences. We are providing support,” said Randall.
development at September 15 council meeting.
The VRTA protocol provides a multidimensional threat There is a ten step process with three different stages or wrong hands it could be all over the social-media world.”
assessment for incidents involving youth and aims, levels of risk outlines within the protocol. Examples of Randall said that any files would be kept with the
through collaboration with a variety partners, to identify high risk behaviours include, but are not limited to, agency that compiled the information. He assured
at risk youth. Randall said the goal of the committee is, setting fires, bomb threats, sexual intimidation, weapons council that the representatives involved are
“To create a tailored intervention plan to support the possession, and verbal or written threats. professionals with confidentiality agreements and
young person.” Councillors raised a number of questions including measures would be in place to ensure information would
The GYPSD and Living Waters school divisions, what the group was requesting from the town. Randall not be shared or abused.
Yellowhead County, RCMP, Alberta Health Services, said, “We are not here for money. We would like to have Councillor Brian Boyce said, “Signing a piece of paper
Victim Services, Children's Services, and the Edson your involvement to show your support.” is one thing. Would we have to provide a full time
Friendship Center, are just some of the community By providing that support if an incident occurred at a employee? We already pay for 17 RCMP members. If
partners who have agreed to support the protocol. town facility such as Talisman place a VTRA there is an incident at the leisure centre we would phone
Kevin Cameron, in concert with the RCMP representative could be notified and determine if extra the RCMP not the school.”
behavioural sciences unit, has developed a training supports are needed. Randall acknowledged that the RCMP would do a “fine
program for crisis response teams, schools, and Councillor Gomuwka said that often times it is not job” investigating and providing discipline or
communities. The program model designed by Cameron through schools or community organizations but peers consequences but the VRTA would provide other
is relative to Canada with a Canadian focus. that risks are identified after an incident occurs. Randall supports.
To date, level one training has been offered to more said that the threat assessment protocol allows for the The VTRA committee requested council consider
than 80 participants in Hinton and Edson. Another 80 exchange of information between partners so that if each lending their support. A formal protocol signing is
will be trained in level two. Aspen Collaborative agency has one piece of the puzzle they can start to put scheduled for November 5 for participating community
Illegal dumping of construction material

by Adrienne Tait popular camp site there you risk getting 780-723-8244.
located just before the nails in your tire or kids Baier said, “If at any
Alberta Fish and bridge. running around stepping time you are seeing
Wildlife officers are “Someone had backed on nails. That camp site unusual behavior try to
seeking the public's in there with a trailer and is ruined now.” take a picture of what is
assistance in identifying unloaded probably ten Officers are looking going on discretely.
a n d l o c a t i n g t h e feet of shingles, nails, for any information Don't confront them.
i n d i v i d u a l o r plastic wrap, everything anyone may have But if you can get a
individuals responsible you need to re-roof your regarding the incident licence plate number
for illegally dumping house with,” said and hope to catch those that's huge, it goes a
r o o f i n g a n d A lberta F is h and involved. long way to getting us Photo: Adrienne Tait
construction supplies on Wildlife officer Jordan Anyone who noticed going in the right Edson Alberta Fish and Wildlife officers
crown land following Baier, “It wrecks it for unusual or suspicious direction and can discovered this pile of construction material
the long weekend. people who use that behaviour in that area sometimes lead to
The illegal dump site area. It's a nice little following the long prosecution.” dumped at a popular campground area down
was found down the area close by the town. weekend is encouraged Bikerdike road.
Bickerdike road at a You don't want to drive to call the local office at
TOWN OF EDSON Town of Edson
Office Hours
New officer joins Edson Public Information & Notices 2015 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday to Friday
Alberta Fish and Wildlife WOULD YOU LIKE TO GET INVOLVED?

resources in the correct THE EDSON PUBLIC LIBRARY
manner and these guys
were abusing it,” said
Baier. Currently has an opening for a Board Member.
With his career chosen, This applicant must reside within the Town oF
Baier went to Lethbridge Edson. If you are interested, you may print off an
College for the four years
of required training to application from the Town of Edson website at
become a fish and wildlife and email to
officer studying natural or for more
resource compliance as
well applied science with information please call JoAnne Hooper at 780-
a concentration in 723-6691.
Baier spent time in the
Lac La Biche area gaining
experience as an Alberta NOTICE TO RESIDENTS
parks seasonal officer.
Once receiving the
Photo: Adrienne Tait email and call for an Town of Edson Public Works will be flushing fire
Officer Jordan Baier interview for the Edson hydrants starting in Glenwood and working East
position Baier was sent to th
by Adrienne Tait just out patrolling when the Western Conservatory beginning September 13 , 2015 through until October
we got a RAP call, which E n f o r c e m e n t L a w 1 , 2015. This may cause a slight discoloration in the
An avid hunter and is a report a poacher line, Academy in Hinton for water; however, there will be no disruption in service.
fisherman, Jordan Baier which is absolutely f o u r m o n t h s o f The hours of flushing will be between 10:00PM to
has joined the Edson important for our job.” paramilitary training. 6:00AM
Alberta Fish and Wildlife When the officer with Baier moved to Edson
office as its newest whom Baier was riding and started in his current
officer. along went to investigate position on September 1 If you notice any discoloration, please run your cold
Growing up in Kitimat they caught the poachers and is looking forward to tap for a short time and the water will clear. For
B.C., Baier always in the act. It left an meeting area residents questions, please contact the Town Public Works
enjoyed the outdoors, impression on Baier who and learning more about Shop at 780-723-6461.
hunting, and fishing. respected both the the area, the history, and
Encouraged by his father gentleman that made the a n y c o n s e r v a t i o n
and aunt to make his call and the officer who concerns residents have. Thank you for your patience while this program is being
passion a career choice, protected the resources. “This is a job that allows conducted.
Baier said, “I went on a “We caught them in the me to be outside and
ride-a-long with one of act…. and it was just 'this protect the things I THE TOWN OF EDSON
the officers in the district is something I want to do' absolutely love. It's my
and it was a day that I will because this guy [the passion,” said Baier.
never forget. We were tipster] was using the
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