Statement from the Chief of Police
Yesterday’s tragic events in Ottawa remind us that as Albertans and Canadians, the freedom and safe peaceful communities we have come to enjoy should never be taken for granted, and sadly can often come at a great price and personal sacrifice.
Our hearts and condolences go out to the families of the soldiers in Montreal and Ottawa who died in recent days, as well to all the men and women of Canada’s armed services who continue to serve Canadians both at home and abroad in the fight against those persons and groups whose mission it is to impose their beliefs and ideologies through intimidation and violence.
I want to ensure the residents of Lacombe that while there is no credible information to suggest there is a threat to our community, the Lacombe Police Service remains vigilant for any event that would compromise the safety of our residents. Our members are trained and equipped to deal with situations of any magnitude and while we hope this training will never be required, we are never-the-less prepared.
We continue to work with our provincial and national policing partners as well as Canada's intelligence sector, and are constantly evaluating the most recent information about the safety of our community.
We encourage residents to take the normal steps they would take every day to ensure their family’s safety and to be vigilant to the possible presence of persons or activities that pose a risk to our community.
T.S. (Steve) Murray
Chief of Police,
Lacombe Police Service