The Town of Shelburne is considering a reduction of its RCMP contingent.
by Greg Bennett
The Town of Shelburne has begun a process that could see a reduction in the town’s RCMP detachment.
Council members are not happy about a tardy RCMP review of policing services and at a Dec. 4 meeting considered holding back payment in protest.
Councillor Roy O’Donnell expressed his anger at the delay in receiving the report, which was asked for in the spring. He’s been asking for weeks why the report had not been completed or why an update had not been offered.
O’Donnell is among several councillor who have questioned the high cost of policing in the Town and he’s noted that according to the policing contract it would take up to a year to reduce service levels.
At Wednesday’s meeting, council decided to begin that process.
Policing costs, close to $600,000 this year, represent a large percentage of the Town’s $3.26-million operating budget.
A letter requesting an update on the review has been sent to the local detachment as well as to the provincial RCMP headquarters.