Thursday, November 28, 2019

Detachment Discussion Deferred to December

Add a few more days on the calendar before Prince Rupert City Council
hears a report on policing in the city from the local RCMP detachment

Residents of the city awaiting the first update in a long time on the workings of the local RCMP detachment for City Council, will have to wait just a little bit longer ... that as the previously promised Presentation to Council  for Monday's council session was pushed back for a few more weeks.

Prince Rupert Mayor Lee Brain made note of the schedule change towards the end of the Monday evening session, observing as to how the Inspector in Charge was out of town that night and unavailable for the presentation.

The get together has been rescheduled for the last Public Council session for 2019, set for Monday, December 9th at 7PM, at which time members from the Sixth Avenue West detachment will attend to share their notes and answer questions from those Council members with an interest in asking some.

The quest for more formal and more frequent updates from the RCMP in the city has been a long standing request for Councillor Barry Cunningham, who was joined earlier this year by Councillor Nick Adey in highlighting the value of such opportunities to help keep residents informed and perhaps stem some of the social commentary that puts the rumour into Prince Rumour.

As we have noted before, Prince Rupert City Council does not make the call to the detachment for frequent updates on policing as often  as other Northwest communities do.

With Communities to the east brining their RCMP members in to report to those Councils in public session on a regular schedule through the year.

The change of date could give City Councillors time to review some of the details from a recent Maclean's magazine survey of crime statistics in Canada, a national story which put Prince Rupert and Terrace both into the top 15 communities considered as most dangerous.

For more notes on Monday's City Council session see our Council Timeline Feature here.

A wider overview of past Council discussions can be explored from our Council Discussion archive.

Until the December 9th Council session, you can review some of the many files from Northwest Emergency Responders from our monthly archive page here.

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