The City of Yellowknife wants to inform residents about changes to the appearance of Municipal Enforcement Division (MED) patrol vehicles.
As part of the community outreach model that MED has been moving toward since 2020, there has been enhanced emphasis on public engagement, communication and reconciliation in carrying out municipal enforcement responsibilities. In 2022, Council set strategic priorities for MED, including enhancing visibility and public engagement, incorporating reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples into public safety, as well as enforcement of the Highway Traffic By-law. As a way of advancing these goals and priorities, MED patrol vehicles will now have a new appearance.
The new look is distinct to MED, as the previous design shared some elements with other law enforcement agencies’ vehicles. All MED patrol vehicles will now be clearly identified as City vehicles, including those that were previously unmarked. The new decals are reflective which increases officer safety and visibility. The vehicles will also feature the MED phone number prominently displayed on both sides and the rear, as a way to support public safety and access to services, something that the previous design did not have.
These marked vehicles will enhance service to the community by increasing visibility and promoting public safety. Residents will start to notice MED patrol vehicles with the new look immediately.