(Photo courtesy of West Shore RCMP)

Province reviewing West Shore RCMP staffing concerns

Langford, Colwood and View Royal have asked province to fund more West Shore RCMP officers

The province is reviewing West Shore RCMP staffing concerns after receiving a resolution from Langford, Colwood and View Royal in March.

The resolution asked the province to increase funding for West Shore RCMP in order to hire more officers and meet immediate and projected needs within the detachment.

A 2018 West Shore RCMP General Duty Service Assessment (GDSA) identified that the current 81 officer detachment needs to have an additional nine officers immediately and another four by 2023.

Premier John Horgan has also provided a letter of support for additional RCMP officers in the West Shore.

READ MORE: Resolution asking province for more West Shore RCMP funding presented at weekend conference

In a June 17 letter addressed to the three municipality’s mayors, Brenda Butterworth-Carr — assistant deputy minister and director of police services for the province — said “it is imperative that resources provided by each partner in an integrated municipal/provincial detachment are commensurate to the workload demand of the respective jurisdiction(s).”

However, Butterworth-Carr also said the GDSA is a tool originally intended for single jurisdiction, urban detachments.

“While the GDSA is a beneficial tool for examining certain aspects of General Duty deployments, there are significant shortcomings and methodological concerns when it comes to applying the tool in more rural settings, interpreting within the integrated detachment structure and assessing resource levels in isolation of understanding the full context of resourcing and service to the West Shore detachment,” the letter reads.

West Shore municipalities are funding an increase in officers and civilian employees with West Shore RCMP but View Royal, Colwood and Langford are also asking that the province pay for at least three more general duty officers.

The West Shore RCMP detachment has 81 officers that police Colwood, Langford, View Royal, Highlands, Metchosin, Esquimalt Nation, Songhees Nation, portions of the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area and the Trans-Canada Highway.

READ ALSO: RCMP the best option for West Shore policing, mayors say

Currently, the province is providing 40 per cent fewer officers per capita, equating to an approximate $720,000 shortfall.

“As long as you fund your police force to the strength that they require, they’ll do a good job,” said Langford Mayor Stew Young in a previous statement. “We just have to make sure that the politicians support the RCMP and make sure they can keep our community safe.”

In the letter — which is set to be received by the City of Colwood at Monday’s council meeting — Butterworth-Carr said ministry staff are working with the RCMP to “ensure a comprehensive review of resourcing is conducted to address your concerns and expedite this review as timely as possible.”

“In addition, I will raise the issue with RCMP Assistant Commissioner Eric Stubbs, core policing for British Columbia Division,” the letter reads.

The City of Colwood was recently rated one of the safest communities in Canada and the second-safest community in B.C. In a previous statement, Colwood Mayor Rob Martin said council intends to keep it that way.

“Whether you measure by population, service time, officers per capita or property assessments, the provincial contribution falls short,” Martin said.

shalu.mehta@goldstreamgazette.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Saanich vet talks tips for winter travel with pets

Going to see the vet the day before a trip is never a good idea

Free fun in Victoria this weekend includes skating, photos with Santa

Skate at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre Friday, photos with Santa Saturday

UPDATED: Saanich structure fire sparked in child daycare

Motorists advised to avoid the area of the highway, Glanford Avenue, Royal Oak Drive and Quadra Street off ramp

Unique gift alert: adopt a grizzly bear for Christmas

Nature Conservancy Canada is hosting its 25th annual Gifts of Nature campaign

Fashion Fridays: A masterclass on H&M knitwear

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Cranbrook man calls for ban after dog caught in leg hold trap

Black Lab loses teeth after biting at trap in pain and panic

POLL: Do you have a real or artificial Christmas tree?

The lights are up, holiday shoppers are bustling through the streets and… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of Dec. 10

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

B.C. Crown corporation immune from taxation, but may still have to pay GST: court

British Columbia Investment Management Corporation may still be on hook for GPS payments

‘He was good for the West:’ Sadness, surprise in Saskatchewan over Scheer

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe and his predecessor, Brad Wall, both thanked Andrew Scheer

Travellers know little about air-passenger rights, Canadian poll suggests

The first set of passenger-rights rules landed in mid-July and the rest this weekend

Johnson claims Brexit mandate with new conservative majority

Conservative Party wins 365 seats in the House of Commons

Most Read