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Alberta Rural Communities Interested in Proposed Provincial Police Unit

Mayor Burn Cook of McGrath, Alberta, has expressed uncertainty over the UCP government's proposed state police services, dozens of local government leaders across the province. is one of

"What we're most concerned about is increasing costs," Cook said, adding that the town currently pays $70,000 a year for his RCMP services, but changes I added that I was worried that my bill would go up due to.

"There are only about 3,000 residents in McGrath. The town doesn't even have a police detachment. Our officers come from Raymond, which is about 15 minutes away," Cook said. said.

On Tuesday, Minister of Justice Tyler Shandro held a press conference to unveil the UCP's latest state police blueprints to address staffing shortages in the communities currently served by the RCMP. explained how the new service could help.

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The new system places a minimum of 10 officers in each community detachment, although some communities currently have fewer than three.

"The RCMP's mandate is too fragmented, and as a result, the RCMP community has a one-size-fits-all proposition of his policing services, no matter where they live in Canada," Shandro said. said Mr.

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"I'm sure there's a place in Alberta where we can use 10 officers in the Corps and they can get more help." cooking. "But to see these blanket statements and change everything and download the cost to a small community. That's not very fair."

sent a call to action to the Alberta government to halt development of the program and instead hope that the funds would be used to increase the number of local RCMP officers and improve social services. , increased resources within the judicial system.

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Tabor, Alberta, which has its own police service, is unusual for a small center, but is currently being harassed by other communities. We are responding to inquiries from and are looking for a way to start our own division.

"It's not yet clear which route is best to take, but it's very clear. There's a growing crime component, especially in rural areas," said Tabor Mayor Andrew Prokop.

Prokop says that using local services gives you more control over your community.

Still, he and others hope to see more discussion of the state police's proposal before making a final decision.

"Not all communities work the same," Cook said.

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