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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Switch From SJPD To RCMP Shot Down

It was standing room only at common council as supporters of the Saint John Police Department and other interested parties coming to hear the verdict on a potential shift to the RCMP.

After looking into the option with the Department of Public Safety, city staff recommended the city take no further action on the potential switch, and receive and file a report to tat effect.

According to a report by city staff, the  Department of Public Safety made it clear communities with over 15,000people simply can't switch to a municipal policing agreement. As well, the department considers the selection of policing services a local matter in which it must remain impartial.

Meanwhile, Mayor Mel Norton tells CHSJ News the overall mission to save money on city services hasn't changed---and all of the core services, including police and fire are still going to have to give a detailed account of how their budgets are being allocated and why.

Norton says the end goal of the review process will be to freeze expenditures at 2014 levels.