The Alberta Government has announced plans to hire 39 new RCMP officers to combat rural crime ...
The province is providing $10-million for a series of initiatives to protect rural Albertans and their property.
It's also hiring additional Crown prosecutors and 40 civilian staff to shift some routine tasks away from officers so they can spend more time patrolling and investigating in the community.
RCMP Deputy Commissioner Todd Shean says police are honing in on the small number of people behind most rural crime calls.
Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley says there's no single, easy fix to rural crime but the new strategy "puts several important tools in the crime-fighting toolbox."