Why amalgamate police when RCMP will do

Re: Victoria police chief pushes for regional force (News, Jan. 16)

Re: Victoria police chief pushes for regional force (News, Jan. 16)

The new approach, according to the Victoria police chief and the police union, refuses to see the reality – their option is just too costly.

When the plea went out, it seemed a dark art conjured from Victoria’s political cauldron, the default tactic of this city’s police boss.

The message rang more prosaic than amusing. “Amalgamate,” Jamie Graham mused. It’s like a furniture store or something.

It’s the latest twist in a story of rampant intrigue, including turmoil in police management and city debt, often accompanied by competing (sometimes personal) agendas.

The impact on the old-fashioned business as usual, not to mention those who undertake it, has been devastating.

The transition to the RCMP will be less bumpy but rest assured, the promise to ensure that the police service will not diminish, rather will thrive, and we have everything to gain, specifically some $22 million a year. Now there’s a selling point that requires no plea.

Lisa Perry

Victoria

 

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