The RCMP needs to cut about $10 million from its policing costs in B.C., but the Mission detachment will not suffer any major changes, according to Officer in Charge Insp. Stephen Corp.
“The reality is, the public won’t see an impact in Mission’s area as far as service delivery is concerned. What we will be doing is trying to find some efficiencies in our administrative processes around our provincial policing,” said Corp.
Examples include scrutinizing non-mandatory training courses for the remainder of the fiscal year and examine travel costs associated to varies activities.
“The public won’t see any difference. As a matter of fact we’re exploring ways to increase our presence and visibility in our provincial areas with the resources we have,” said Corp.
He wants to assure the public that no major cuts are coming.
“We are not losing officers, we are not reducing our presence… and of course, anything directly related to public safety, we will respond to and do what we need to do. That’s just the nature of police work.”
B.C.’s public safety minister says the government is working with the RCMP to address projected cuts to the force’s provincial budget.
In a statement to Black Press Media last week, Mike Farnworth said the RCMP has informed the province about a projected budget deficit, and that the impact of budget constraints and inflation has become increasingly difficult to manage.