© Herald photo by Tyler Clarke
Community Mobilization Prince Albertâs newcomer to the Centre of Responsibility, RCMP Sgt. Constance Roussel, is seen in downtown Prince Albert.
Inter-agency connectivity is key to the Community Mobilization Prince Albert model -- something newcomer Constance Roussel brings in spades.
Formerly a Pierceland RCMP Sergeant, Roussel was seconded to Community Mobilization Prince Albertâs Centre of Responsibility (COR) earlier this year.
âAfter doing 26 years of reactive policing -- which is what we do, really -- itâs very nice switch to do the proactive policing, now,â she said. âItâs not been really policing, but itâs much more proactive and thatâs a total change in mind shift from being reactive all the time.â
Rousselâs ongoing involvement in the National Managersâ Community helped land her the job at Community Mobilization Prince Albert, she relayed, noting that the National Managersâ Community is similar in a number of ways.
The National Managersâ Community connects managers in various federal organizations across Canada to work on promoting their needs and sharing best practices -- âSimilar to the COR where we sit with various agencies to see where our issues are, and whatâs new within our departments and how we can help our departments to function better,â Roussel said.
âFor me, Iâm the only federal person at the COR level, so it involves a different set of rules and policies to engage my other federal partners if we need to, because we have CORs now in different places in Saskatchewan.â
While the COR links various agencies together to tackle underlying community issues, itâs the Hub table thatâs brought the kind of immediate results that Roussel said sheâs been surprised to see.
âI was floored the first time I went to a Hub meeting, just to see what it was like,â she said.
Itâs not been really policing, but itâs much more proactive and thatâs a total change in mind shift from being reactive all the time. Constance Roussel
The Hub table meets twice weekly to address specific situations regarding individual issues, with various organizations starting work within 24 to 48 hours.
âHere, if we have something thatâs acute and we need to deal with it, we have every partner at the table -- How much better do you want it?â Roussel said.
At the COR table, Rousselâs keen on helping bring the communityâsâ alcohol strategy to light.
âI think itâs great,â she said of the organizationâs focus on developing an alcohol strategy. âTo be honest, I think it needed to be looked at, it needs to be dealt with, it needs the communityâs input and I think at some point itâs become a norm, and we need to change that. We need to have a mental shift.
âItâs not a norm -- Itâs an issue. Itâs an obstacle to healthy living.â
In addition to that, sheâs working on improvements to mental health in the province. Both projects are currently in the data collection stage, she said.
Underlining both efforts is the importance of gathering together as many agenciesâ input as possible under the Community Mobilization Prince Albert model, she said.
âItâs a good mindset, but itâs different agencies, so thereâs so much more that we have to learn about one another.â
The Daily Herald will continue to profile the new members of the Hub and COR in coming days.