RCMP priorities should reflect the city
Nov 5, 2013 / 5:00 am
Kelowna City Council reluctantly endorsed the RCMP's 2014 policing priorities.
In what amounted to a housekeeping item, the RCMP's 2013-2014 priority list was brought to council for endorsement before being reported to the office of the Auditor General.
"In late March, the RCMP, mayor and other members of council from various governments met along with agencies and non-profits," says Corporate and Protective Services Director, Rob Mayne.
"From that meeting and through discussions with council the priorities were determined."
Those priorities being organized crime, road safety, family violence and police and community relations.
At least one councillor was not happy with the priorities or the process.
"I will support this but I am going on record that I am very disappointing that the issues around excessive noise is not on this list. I know we are working through this at UBCM but when I look at road safety it kind of falls in a sub category under that," says Councillor Luke Stack.
"I want to keep that before council. I hear from many people that it's a concern they have, but somehow it never seems to make it into the priority list."
City Manager, Ron Mattiussi, says the priority list does not necessarily reflect the community's priorities.
He says he wanted the report to come before open council because it's council that has to pony up a bulk of funding that goes toward the RCMP.
"This really isn't our detachment process it's really an RCMP process they have to follow and I think I share your concern. At the end of the day the input of a community also should be coming through council," says Mattiussi.
"It's one of those anomalies that, through the federal government and the provincial government the two groups that decide what we pay for RCMP, that they have come up with a way to set priorities that leave out, once again the local governments."
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