Calgary Police Chief Roger Chaffin says he hopes the new year will lead to a better dialogue between his officers and the citizens of Calgary.
In a year-end interview, Chaffin said the force needs the help of Calgarians to combat crime and in order for that to happen, people have to feel comfortable approaching officers.
“Any opportunity you can recognize an officer just to say thank you would be hugely appreciated,” he said. “I think that would be my biggest message.”
As for his priorities for the coming year, he said they include battling the on-going opioid crisis, cracking down on stolen vehicles and addressing issues within the ranks of CPS, specifically the reported atmosphere of intimidation and harassment.
As for Mayor Naheed Nenshi, he said his policy priorities include growing the local economy and implementing plans for the eventual legalization of marijuana, scheduled for early July.
He said he wouldn’t mind if the date got delayed a bit.
“Any breathing room would be welcome, but our job is to be ready when the federal government goes, so we’ll be ready for July,” he said. “If we have a little more breathing room, we’ll be a little more ready.”
On a community level, Nenshi said he hopes more residents get involved in local issues and volunteer, to help improve the quality of life for the whole city.
“I just hope that everyone remembers that it’s our job to make sure they get better for everyone,” he said.