Alberta justice minister misleads Albertans on details of transition to new provincial police service

EDMONTON, Alta., June 16, 2022 /CNW/ – Here is a statement from the Regional Directors of the National Police Federation Kevin Halwa and Jeff McGowanand vice president Michel Boutinin response to a recent opinion editorial by Alberta Minister of Justice and the Solicitor General, Tyler Shandro:

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“In a recent op-ed by Alberta’s Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, Tyler Shandro, he attempts to make the case for the creation of a provincial Alberta police service based on his speculation that “policing can be improved to meet the needs of all Albertans”. An eye-opening national survey conducted by Pollara Strategic Insights for the NPF in December 2021 shows that 82% of Albertans in communities served by the RCMP are satisfied or very satisfied with the services they receive. The National Police Federation believes that Albertans deserve the highest standards and quality of policing, but that is perhaps the only point on which we agree with Minister Shandro.

According to his government PwC’s own reportthe transition to a provincial police force would cost Albertans more than $550 million, based on initial estimates, and would provide fewer fully trained officers. Such a transition would create real risks for ongoing improvements in policing and public safety, including effective crime reduction strategies in rural and remote communities.

We know Minister Shandro is relatively new to his department and to this file, so we wanted to take this opportunity to clarify some key inaccuracies. Albertans deserve more transparency and accountability and less politics from their elected officials – especially from the province’s top lawyer – on the important issue of public safety. »

Wave after wave of research by Pollara Strategic Insights shows that Albertans want to keep the RCMP in alberta. Specifically, in the fall of 2021, an overwhelming majority of Albertans (84%) told us they want to keep the RCMP and only 9% support a transition. Additionally, members of the Association of Rural Municipalities of Alberta passed a motion calling on the province to keep the RCMP and criticized the province’s proposal for a costly transition.

Since we launched our Keep Alberta RCMP Campaign in January 2021we have spoken regularly with key groups and individuals about this transition proposal, and Albertans across the province have sent more than 57,000 letters to their MPs, Ministers and the Premier in support of the RCMP in alberta. The province, however, has not held public consultations to date.

In early 2022, we embarked on a three-month tour across the province to keep the RCMP engaged in Alberta and heard from over 1,000 Albertans, including Indigenous communities, to share their views with us. on policing. Minister Shandro was not present, but he and Premier Kenney received a copy of this report, titled Your Policy – ​​Your Future: Listening to Albertans.

If he listened to Albertans, the minister would know that citizens and municipal leaders want to keep the RCMP in alberta.

He also knows that while some participants have expressed concerns about policing and public safety in their communities, they would prefer the Province to invest taxpayers’ hard-earned money to make immediate and longer-term improvements. policing and the criminal justice system to meet the needs of Albertans. changing needs in the areas of rural crime and response times; and delays and procedural issues within the provincial justice system.

We are proud to carry this message to government and represent our 3,500 members serving Albertans across the province. »

About the National Police Federation:

The National Police Federation (NPF) has been certified to represent approximately 20,000 RCMP members serving in Canada and internationally in the summer of 2019. The NPF is the largest police labor relations organization Canada; the second largest of North America and is the first independent national association to represent members of the RCMP.

The NPF is focused on improving public safety in Canada focusing on increasing resources, equipment, training and other supports for our members who have been underfunded for too long. Better resources and supports for the RCMP will improve safety and quality of life in the communities we serve, large and small, across Canada.

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