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Richmond wants regional police force

RICHMOND (NEWS1130) – Richmond is looking to put some pressure on the province to follow up on one of the recommendations from the Missing Women Commission.  The city wants to see a plan for regional policing.

Richmond has been looking at all of its options due to ongoing frustrations with the RCMP.

One of the options suggested by city staff is the creation of a provincial committee that would propose a plan for a Greater Vancouver police force.

Mayor Malcolm Brodie says the city is also continuing to consider its own police force.  “We have some issues with the RCMP.  We are satisfied with the operational level that we see on the street.”

The idea of a regional police force has divided the region’s mayors, but Brodie doesn’t think that’s reason enough to prevent a close look at the issue.  “We want to take a longer look at the idea of our own independent police force contracting out specialized services and we also want to take a look at the regional police model as well.”

Despite the divide in opinion the issue has caused across the region, Brodie thinks the province should still at the very least examine it.