Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Council Seeks Return of Auxiliary Cop Duties

Posted on 10/26/2016 6:04 AM by Pete McIntyre 107.5 KISSFM
Vernon council would like to see auxiliary RCMP officers play a larger role in policing. The RCMP, through the Union of BC Municipalities, is asking cities which of three options they would like for the program after stripping the volunteers of many of their duties earlier this year. Mayor Akbal Mund says council choose option 3, which would allow the officers to be used for general duties including check stops, basically what they used to do. "It would be more duties than what we've got now which is nothing basically. They have to join the Safe Communities, which most of them have done, rather than being known as an auxiliary policeman," Mund tells Kiss FM. Council says option 3 offers the most comprehensive, cost-effective program, with enhanced safety. Council also says it would be the most similar to the program that was previously in place and would be beneficial to assisting the RCMP. The RCMP is looking to hear from all municipalities by November 1. There are currently about 700 active auxiliary constables in 67 RCMP detachments in BC.

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