Continued Investments in Policing Make Communities Safer for Families and Children
Minister Responds to Inaccurate Information Presented in the House of Assembly
The Honourable Darin King, Minister of Justice, reaffirmed the Provincial Government’s commitment today to ensuring safe communities in which residents can work, live and raise a family. He was responding to inaccurate statements made by the member for St. John’s Centre related to policing services in Conception Bay North.
“No town council has approached me with concerns around policing in
Conception Bay North and any assertion that there is a lack of policing
services in the region due to budget cuts is simply not true. In response to
the issues raised today, my officials reached out to the RCMP and have been
advised that resourcing in Conception Bay North has not changed. The RCMP is
responsible for the allocation of their resources throughout the province
and if any region is experiencing challenges, I have assured both police
forces that my door is always open. The safety of our communities remains of
paramount importance to this government.”
- The Honourable Darin King, Minister of Justice
Since 2004, the Provincial Government has invested approximately $920 million in policing services in the province and has added more than 140 new police officers. The annual policing budget has increased by approximately $50 million over that same time period. The province’s commitment to policing services was reinforced last week with the official launch of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit-Newfoundland and Labrador.
“The member’s claim that 55 RCMP positions were cut as a result of the
budget is simply inaccurate. Reductions as a result of Budget 2013 primarily
focused on administrative functions with the intention to keep frontline
policing services intact. I continue to be assured of that by RCMP Assistant
Commissioner Tracy Hardy.”
- Minister King
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is committed to supporting important social programs, strong communities and the health and well-being of children, families and seniors.
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Director of Communications
Department of Justice
2013 11 14 6:00 p.m.