Police Protection in the Town is provided via a contract with the RCMP. For emergencies call 911, for non-emergency services please call 368-9300. There are currently 6 officers assigned to police the Town of Stratford. The members enforce various federal and provincial statutes in the Town such as the Criminal Code and Highway Traffic Act. In addition, the members also enforce the Town’s Noise and Nuisance Bylaw. The Stratford detachment members operate out of a satellite office at the Firehall which is located at the intersection of the Mason Road and the Trans Canada Highway.
The Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP (CPC) is an independent agency, created by Parliament in 1988 to ensure that public complaints made about the conduct of RCMP members are examined fairly and impartially. The Commission is essentially the RCMP watchdog. Its fundamental role is to provide civilian review of on-duty RCMP member conduct.
CPC’s mandate is to receive complaints from the public about the conduct of RCMP members, conduct reviews when complainants are not satisfied with the RCMP’s handling of their complaints, carry out investigations, report findings and make recommendations aimed at correcting and preventing recurring policing problems. Anyone, including a non-citizen, who has a concern about the conduct of an RCMP member can make a complaint. You do not have to be directly involved in the incident; you can make a complaint on behalf of someone else, or as a witness to an incident.
Anyone with concerns about the conduct of an RCMP member may call the CPC at 1-800-665-6878 and talk about these concerns with one of the CPC staff. After you contact the CPC, a member of the CPC staff will describe our role to you and help you decide whether you want to lodge a formal complaint or take advantage of other options that may be available to you such as alternate dispute resolution. A complaint can also be submitted through the Commission’s website: www.ComplaintsCommission.ca
Fire Protection in the Town is provided via a contract with the Cross Roads Rural Community Fire Company. For emergencies call 911, for non-emergency services please call 569-3473. The Cross Roads Rural Community Fire Company is a not-for-profit company that was set up to provide fire protection services to Stratford and the surrounding area and it is manned entirely by dedicated volunteers. The Fire Hall is located at the corner of Mason Road and the Trans Canada Highway.
Citizens on Patrol
The Stratford Citizens on Patrol is a volunteer program that was established in 2008 where residents help to keep the community safe by volunteering to patrol the community and provide an “extra set of eyes and ears” for the RCMP. The program is funded in part by the Town and work closely with the RCMP. Citizens on Patrol observe and report suspicious events to the RCMP and do not intervene in any way to ensure their safety.
In 2012, Citizen on Patrol volunteers reported 64 incidents and logged over 1200 hours. The types of reported episodes included break and enters, property damage, impaired driving, and suspicious or disorderly conduct. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and receive two days of supervised training. If the Citizens on Patrol appeals to your civic interests, please pick up an application form at the Stratford Town Centre and do your part to help make the Town of Stratford the safest and best community possible.