NEWS RELEASE · 29th September 2011
BC Conservative Party
BC Conservatives commission Peckford, the only living Premier to have replaced RCMP to study the issue.
John Cummins, Leader of British Columbia's Conservatives, responded to the breaking down of negotiations between the Liberal government and the RCMP over the renewal of the RCMP's policing contract.
"Everyone knows that the Liberals will sign the contract with the RCMP. They have no plan to start the work of creating a BC Provincial Police Force in a few months. But the idea of a BC Provincial Police force deserves full consideration - and not be some last resort negotiating tactic. Today, I am calling on the Liberal government to renew the provincial policing contract with the RCMP for a period of no longer than two years, so that the pros and cons of a BC Provincial Police force can be examined and debated."
"Let's have a real debate over a BC Provincial Police Force. We should not lock into another 20 year contract without understanding the potential costs and benefits that a BC Provincial Police force would bring to British Columbians."
In the last thirty years only one provincial government in Canada has taken over policing services from the RCMP - the government of Newfoundland and Labrador in the early 1980's led by Premier Brian Peckford. Peckford now lives in British Columbia and is an ardent supporter of the BC Conservatives. Under his government the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary took over policing of certain parts of the province from the RCMP.
"I have asked the Hon. Brian Peckford to prepare a preliminary report on the benefits and the costs of creating a BC Provincial Police force, based on his experiences in Newfoundland and Labrador; and review the change to provincial forces in Ontario and Quebec."
The report will include, but not be limited to, providing better police services while keeping costs down, ensuring the police are recruited and trained in BC, and the police force represents BC ethno-cultural makeup. The report will be completed within 90 days and will be released to public," said Cummins.
"I look forward to applying my experience replacing the RCMP in parts of Newfoundland and Labrador to better understand the viability of a BC Provincial Police force," said Peckford.
Comment by les watmough on 7th October 2011
> A police force is made up of prople, individuals. People with different values, but people none the less. You can change the uniform, change the name, change the cost (Crank it up), but it will still be a police force, done by people with uniforms, and the results will be no better,no worse, than they are now.In our case there would be masssive new capital costs, what about them?
It's about continuity. Please don't fracture it.
Comment by bill braam on 30th September 2011
Why have fractured police forces spread all over BC when one continuous police force will work better? Seperate entities do not by natural flow share enough information with each other and by extention important data is not passed around. Fractured police forces will 'compete' with each other and have their own 'turf'. There needs to be improvements made to the way the RCMP delivers service to BC and they are well aware of that. The RCMP has in its existance evolved with every new demand put on them by the population at large. I dare say I personnaly would not be in existance if it were not for the positive changes made in the RCMP back in the 1950's when I was born. Every police force has its growing pains and starting a new one will not give birth to a perfect one. Thank you.