The first-ever RCMP Diversity Committee is being established here in Cochrane and you could help shape it. 

The group will delve into the crucial topics of equity, diversity, and inclusion while actively fostering our multicultural town. 

Detachment Commander, Insp. Dave Brunner said the idea was discussed at an Open Forum that he hosted last month. 

"This committee is one of the examples the Alberta RCMP's commitment to meet the expectations and the needs of our increasingly diverse communities. We want to give everybody a voice, no matter who they are or where they came from."

It's something that has been on Brunner's wish list for a while. 

"I've been thinking about having a Diversity Committee for quite some time and it just seems like it's the right time to do it as we see more and more people coming into Cochrane, moving in from all different parts of the world."

Brunner said they want to make sure everyone in our community knows that the police are here for them. 

"A lot of people come to this country from places that it's not such a friendly relationship with the police. So we want to just have those contacts, make those contacts and capitalize on building strong relationships with communities and people that are new to Cochrane."

Brunner points to what happened in Calgary recently where police were criticized for their part in a pro-Palestinian protest at the University of Calgary. 

"I don't want that to happen, I want to be able to sit down with people that may or may not be protesting and have that relationship where we're able to sit down and talk about this and work it out. We want to make sure that we have those relationships, and are able to talk our way through it"

The meeting is scheduled to go on Wednesday, June 26 at 7 p.m. at the Cochrane Protective Services Building. 

"If you have an interest and a will to basically serve and help your community out, just show up and we'll be more than happy to have you."