Rural Alberta communities concerned with proposed provincial police force
Mayor Byrne Cook of Magrath, Alta., is among dozens of rural municipal leaders across the province expressing uncertainty over the UCP government’s proposed provincial police service.
“The primary concern we have is the increase in cost,” Cook said, adding the town currently pays $70,000 per year for RCMP services but is worried a change could see that bill rise.
“Magrath only has about 3,000 residents. We don’t even have a police department detachment in the town. Our police officers come over from Raymond, which is about 15 minutes away,” said Cook.
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