He’s worried that RCMP officers and other law enforcement agents would not move over to a new provincial police force. If he was premier, he’d start by offering a provincial force to small cities and larger towns currently served by the RCMP, which would allow the RCMP to focus on rural regions.
Rebecca Schulz: LEANING YES, BUT IT HAS TO GO BACK TO ALBERTANS
“We do know that issues like safety in major centres like Edmonton… rural crime, these are major issues. In the meantime, $180 million, could put a heck of a lot of boots on the ground to address these issues. But I think we need to have a real talk with Albertans about it.”
Rajan Sawhney: BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD
“I’ve heard from some rural communities that have been deeply impacted by rural crime that have been eager to move to a provincial police force, like Quebec and Ontario have. But, on the other hand, rural municipalities have expressed serious concerns and have said our current plans raise serious questions.”
She thinks that, before making any decisions, the government needs to do a better job of talking to Albertans about the need for a provincial police force.
But she criticized the Lethbridge Police for using resources back in 2018 to spy on then-NDP environment minister Shannon Phillips. “It’s the kind of behaviour we only expect in a banana republic. I was horrified and remain horrified with it.”
Leela Aheer: NEED TO TALK ABOUT POLICE BEFORE WE CHANGE THE POLICE
“Our police officers are both law enforcers and social workers, and we’re not providing adequate training for those sorts of things. Also, where are the resources going to come from? Everybody keeps saying that it might cost only $180 million, but I am not satisfied with that number or that commitment.”