By Nancy Kelly
Berwick has decided to stick with the policing model that has been in place since the fall of 2011.
At their Aug. 13 meeting, members of Berwick town council unanimously approved a motion from Police Advisory Committee chairman, Preston Illsley, that Berwick remain in a partnership with Kings County to provide 24-hour policing coverage in the Western Kings area. Under the agreement, Berwick funds four officers and the county pays for 14.
Illsley reported the committee met after the Aug. 1 public meeting to decide the fate of the pilot project. Calling it “a work in progress,” he said any formal agreement will allow for future adjustments, if necessary, and allow any of the partners to terminate the arrangement.
Kings County council has yet to ratify continuation of the project. It will also require approval from the provincial minister of justice before it becomes officially adopted.
A second motion that will see staff seek storefront space for the RCMP in Berwick’s commercial district was also approved by council. Berwick CAO Don Reagan pointed out the office will be “a storefront and nothing more. It is not a detachment.” It will serve as a work space for on-duty officers, to be used by RCMP on an as-needed basis.