The province is looking for solutions to rural crime.
 
The Government of Alberta announced an investment of $8 million to help the RCMP be proactive in preventing rural crime.
 
This funding will add 39 new officer positions and 40 additional civilian employees.
 
"Really when we support those officers we support communities and make sure that people feel safe. That's people's number one concern, they want to know that their family is safe at home," said Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville MLA, Jessica Littlewood.
 
The addition of more civilian staff is expected to cut down on officer paperwork, so they can focus on investigations, patrols and engaging with their communities.
 
Rural crime has been a constant issue in the area with vehicle thefts skyrocketing in Sturgeon County, overnight crime up in Morinville, and multiple break and enters in Strathcona County.
 

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