Monday, May 30, 2016

Auxiliary Police Petition Before MP's

Posted on 5/30/2016 1:16 PM by Pete McIntyre 107.5 KISSFM
M.P. Mel Arnold presents Auxiliary Police Petition in House of Commons Monday May 30, 2016 
The MP for North Okanagan Shuswap says he hopes the federal government moves forward on a a tax credit for auxiliary police officers. Mel Arnold tabled the 779 name document -- initiated by Vernon city councillor Bob Spiers -- in the House of Commons today. Spiers is seeking similar tax credits to those given to other volunteer first responders, such as firefighters (approved in 2011) and search and rescue members (2014). “I am happy I could collaborate with MP Arnold who sponsored and presented this petition to Parliament,” says Spiers. “I am hopeful that the federal government’s response will be positive and that all Canadian auxiliary police -- whether municipal, provincial or RCMP -- will get the same tax credit as other first responders, namely volunteer fire fighters and search and rescue volunteers.” Spiers says the government has 45 days to respond in writing. Arnold thanks Spiers for his advocacy on behalf of auxiliary police. "I hope the federal government moves forward with establishing this benefit recognizing the valuable contributions of auxiliary police officers that make our communities safer and better places to live.” The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Auxiliary Constable Program started in 1963 and currently uses 1,600 volunteer Auxiliary Constables in communities across Canada. "Auxiliary Constables contribute to community-based policing by engaging in community events and also providing support to the general duties of RCMP Regular Members," says a release from the MP.
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