Tell the provincial government to Keep the RCMP in Alberta

Dear Alberta MLAs,

 

I am writing to express my serious concern about the Government of Alberta’s plan to continue advancing your proposal to replace the Alberta RCMP with an expensive and unwelcome new provincial police service.

 

Like many Albertans, I was surprised to see the APPS Transition Study recommend a smaller Alberta Provincial Police Service that will cost hundreds of millions of dollars more each year than the current Alberta RCMP model, plus additional transitions costs over several years.

 

The government should listen to Albertans and invest in the existing Alberta RCMP rather than wasting millions of dollars for less fully trained police officers, especially in rural and remote communities. Moving to a new provincial police service will leave taxpayers on the hook for $550+ million in transitional increased operational costs alone.

 

Recent polling show that only 9% of Albertans support this transition and 80% are satisfied with the police services they receive now from the Alberta RCMP. Further, the Alberta RCMP’s Crime Reduction Strategy is working and would be at risk with a new police service.

 

Please don’t put our community safety or economy at risk, especially when the majority of Albertans do not support this transition. Let’s cancel this transition scheme, keep the RCMP in Alberta and work together to improve police services where needed.

 

I look forward to your response.

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    published this page 2021-01-11 13:59:29 -0800