Local RCMP feeling the pressure of staff shortages

As Prince Rupert’s crime statistics reach ten year highs in a number of categories, perhaps it may finally be time for the City to revisit their strategy of holding the level of staffing down from its traditional strength of 36.

Tuesday’s Daily News presented a front page headline story that outlined the challenges that the day to day operations of the local detachment are operating under. With the 29 members that work out of the Prince Rupert office handling a high level of cases that places them within the top ten of hardest working detachments in the province…

(from  the blog a town called podunk,  click on the link below to see the entire article atowncalledpodunk.blogspot.com/2 … 6683730161 )-

They need to take the focus off traffic duty.  Using expensive and well-trained officers to man tollbooths is not a good use of resources.  Especially when there’s a shortage.

While I tend to agree that they need to refocus the enforcement aspect of the detachment, I suppose the other side of the argument could be for some that if they weren’t racking in all that cash from traffic fines we’d be in worse shape as far as staffing goes…

Well, guess what they did with the money they collected at the toll booths?

Hired more traffic cops.

Unlike Terrace, which used their traffic fine money (a lot less than Rupert’s!) to fund crime prevention and community programs.