Justice cuts to police hurting communities in Conception Bay
NDP Justice Critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) says government budget cuts for the RCMP are being reflected in increased petty crime rates in rural communities of the province. She used a town in Conception Bay North as an example.
“Government cut the budget for the RCMP by $4.3 Million negatively affecting rural communities,” Rogers said in the House of Assembly today.
“Due to these cuts the town of Victoria is facing a policing crisis. Residents are complaining the RCMP is only able to respond to serious crimes against persons; meanwhile ATVs are running amok, and there’s an increase in vandalism, speeding, drug-related crimes and criminal harassment.
“I ask the minister what is he going to do about this public safety issue?”
Rogers says the reduction in policing has residents worried. It comes as population in the area is rising.
“In the CBN area many of the towns are lucky if they see a patrol car even once a week,” she said. “I ask the minister, what is he going to do to bring the policing service up to an acceptable and safe level? What is he going to do about policing levels in CBN now that the population is quickly growing?”