UPDATED: Online opposition to Kentville Police cuts growing

Wendy Elliott
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Kentville Police Service

Residents opposed to planned cuts to the Kentville Police Service have logged more than 238 likes on a a Facebook group and a 287 names on a change.org petition for the town council as of July 3.

“Not bad for only one-and-a-half or so days,” said organizer Alex Pudsey. “There are lots of good responses left on the Facebook page and the petition page by people from all walks of life. RCMP members, KPD members, business and land owners, and local townspeople.” 

Town council’s budget decisions are expected to reduce the police force by one officer. A second, provincially-funded officer is also scheduled to depart, according to union spokesman Const. Kevin Pick, leaving 14 officers. This is the second year in a row that cuts have led to an officer reduction.

Pudsey, who lives in North Alton, said the cuts almost feel personal. He got involved because the whole situation made zero sense to him as a father and greater community member.

According to Pudsey, he and his wife are in Kentville with their four-year-daughter old often.

“(We) frequently make use of the facilities such as parks and playgrounds. Being safe for her is priority number one both now and as she gets older.

 “I have many friends and family in town, so their wellbeing is of concern,” he added. “I've been on a few ride-alongs with KPD members, and I've seen firsthand some of the people and situations they deal with. Perhaps council should do the same to get an appreciation for the work the members are doing.

Pudsey says he casually knows some of the Kentville officers. He said he believes “reducing their numbers is a safety concern for them while they are working. Moncton is the obvious reminder of how dangerous their jobs can be, not to mention the serious crimes that have been happening locally lately (stabbings).”

Reducing numbers, he said, will “cost the department their $100K grant from the province, money, which is used to fund a street crimes position. A position which, judging from the amount of times Chief Mander has been on radio/in the press over the last year or so, has been quite effective.”

Pudsey has some family connection to law enforcement. In addition to a cousin in the RCMP,  his father was a long-time commissionaire at Acadia University. Lawrence Pudsey directed traffic daily on Main Street.

 

Organizations: Kentville Police Service, Town council

Geographic location: Kentville

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  • Simon
    July 03, 2014 - 19:16

    In looking at the minutes of council is debating if they should reduce the size of council by two. They would move from 7 person to a 5 member council. Tow of them would be out of work. I bet that they keep th esmae size of counciler because tow of the them PEARL adn BOYD go to Florida ever year for 4-6 months and still collect a councilors full salary. So lets summarize: Lay off two police officers who keep us safe and keep the same council size so you can continue to fund absentee councilors at taxperer's expense. Does that make any sense at all??? It is time for this council to go!!!!!!!!

    • Bill Boyd (No Relation)
      July 04, 2014 - 07:32

      Great proposal. Smaller, more cost effective town council not packed with the same old cronies. Interesting to learn that two are snowbirds - that's not right. So council membership is their retirement plan? Although it does certainly point to the need for new blood on the town council. Really wish a younger generation would stand at the election - one with drive and some new ideas. At the last election there was no real choice. Time for change alright.

  • Simon
    July 03, 2014 - 19:15

    In looking at the minutes of council is debating if they should reduce the size of council by two. They would move from 7 person to a 5 member council. Tow of them would be out of work. I bet that they keep th esmae size of counciler because tow of the them PEARL adn BOYD go to Florida ever year for 4-6 months and still collect a councilors full salary. So lets summarize: Lay off two police officers who keep us safe and keep the same council size so you can continue to fund absentee councilors at taxperer's expense. Does that make any sense at all??? It is time for this council to go!!!!!!!!

  • chris Burke
    July 01, 2014 - 21:26

    Hey Dave, guess it takes all kinds to make the world go around but I am sure the people with their necks slit open a few weeks ago had no issues with the police when the officer had his hand their around his neck so he wouldn’t bleed out. Seems like some lack of education on your part. Feel free to contact me so i can enlighten you on the positive. I can tell for some reason you have an issue with the police or maybe your parents didn’t love you enough or maybe your just that ignorant. The three Mounties that died are sons, fathers, bothers ect not only cops, have some respect. And what this, OUR side?? what, you have a side and what would that be? I am sure Dave isnt your real name or you couldn’t put your last name due to the embarrassment of your stupidity.

    • Kaylaa
      July 03, 2014 - 19:31

      And I am pretty sure 'Dave' has never called the police or threaten to call the police on someone before. Until you know what our police force goes through in the run of a day, you have no place to talk 'Dave'.. I may not be part of the RCMP or Kentville Police; but I damn well know that they put their asses on the line daily! Just because they don't have 'gunfights' daily or their life is in harms way everyday; they are putting their asses on the line to put away skumbags that keep sliding through the cracks and keep sell pills to kids when they know damn well that this person should be in jail, but they keep sliding right on through.. Just because they are not repersenting you the way you think they should be, doesn't mean that they are fighting daily (without pay mind you) to get two guys that raped a girl off the streets! I don't know what you want them to 'repersent' but they are doing a DAMN good job at repersenting what I believe that they should be and more! 'Dave'

  • Dave
    July 01, 2014 - 17:25

    Less cops is a better society. The reason we just buried 3 mounties is because of societies universal and collective disgust for how our law enforcement has become. Cops are no longer our representation but our enemy. They see it this way and they will continue to do so until the eventual explosion of resistance. The cops did this to themselves, they are no longer on our side.

    • Chris
      July 01, 2014 - 22:58

      No wonder society has problems and it isn't the cops I'm worried about!

    • Murrb
      July 02, 2014 - 07:29

      Hey, Dave, come on up out of yr mother's basement. Put down the remote. Try and connect with the real world. Your mind has become twisted from all those video games and movies. Too much sci-fi action electronics can warp a person's mind.

    • duke
      July 02, 2014 - 15:50

      universal and collective disgust ????? all i saw was an entire country support every RCMP and local police officer they walked up or drove up to. i saw an entire community hold a vigil for 3 of their citizens who just happened to be police officers. Imagine that !! cops are human too with families and children and bills and responsibilities like me. who knew. LOOK DAVE. even in New Minas and Wolfville and every other community, flowers and other offerings where being placed in front of police stations in grim respect for those that wear a badge and risk their lives for dipwads like you. it's just too bad that people with your mentality didn't come with a tell tale mark on your forehead to tell the difference between a true citizen and a waist of skin. Truly sad part is almost any police officer who could see such a mark would probably still give his life need be for you. I truly worry for the future with people like you in it.