More discussion needed on provincial police force, says van Dijken

ATHABASCA — The idea of replacing the RCMP with a provincial police force in Alberta has received mixed reviews from residents and elected officials since the UCP came to power in 2019, but with the recent release of the PwC report that found the concept to be "realistic, cost-effective and worth further study," the organization representing nearly 20,000 RCMP members across the country is making sure its perspective on the issue is being heard by the public.

Representatives from the National Police Federation (NPF) were in both Athabasca and Westlock Jan. 10 for public presentations, both of which were attended by Athabasca-Barrhead-Westlock MLA Glenn van Dijken. Moving to a provincially administered police force has raised concerns about not only the cost, but how ongoing cases, infrastructure needs and more would be handled.

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