Halifax regional council voted unanimously Tuesday for a evaluate of the blended mannequin of policing within the municipality.
Underneath the present association, police companies are break up between the Halifax Regional Police and the Halifax District RCMP. Halifax Regional Police covers Halifax, Dartmouth and Bedford, whereas the RCMP covers the suburban and rural areas of Halifax Regional Municipality.
Though all councillors voted in favour, quite a lot of them raised considerations.
“This shall be an emotional dialogue as a result of the previous county of Halifax has had a protracted historical past with the RCMP,” stated David Hendsbee. “And our communities have grown up with the RCMP, so to alter that over may trigger plenty of grief.”
Tim Outhit stated there are 4 different police-related experiences ongoing and warned an impartial evaluate may price as much as $200,000.
“My massive concern is that we’ve got not given sufficient course,” stated Outhit. “I definitely assist the spirit of this, however I feel we’ve got a giant tiger by the tail right here.”
“I do not assume we will understate the position of the RCMP in HRM, they presently police 95 per cent of our geographic space,” stated Pamela Lovelace.
The choice to share policing dates again to 1996, when Halifax and surrounding cities have been amalgamated to create the Halifax Regional Municipality.
Halifax, Bedford and Dartmouth police forces have been amalgamated into one, the Halifax Regional Police, whereas rural communities exterior the core of the municipality have been policed by RCMP.
RCMP ‘nationally managed’
Different councillors welcomed the evaluate.
Sam Austin desires to know if the present blended police mannequin limits the municipality on the subject of police reform.
“It’s not encouraging when the RCMP can not handle an apology for the road checks challenge,” stated Austin. “It would not fill one with optimism as a result of they’re so nationally managed.”
Waye Mason shared Austin’s considerations.
“We might want them to enter a brand new realm of public security supply that shall be exhausting for them to do as a pressure that is run by a hierarchy in Ottawa,” stated Mason, “so we have to perceive what they’ll and can’t do for us.”
Tony Mancini initially introduced ahead the movement, saying he has been eager about for a very long time.
Policing within the municipality has already twice come below evaluate.
In 2010, the police fee really useful that Halifax Regional Police take over the areas patrolled by RCMP, partly as a result of it could give the municipality extra management over policing. The council of the day, nonetheless, selected to maintain the established order.
In 2018, the municipality undertook a evaluate of inefficiencies in policing, which led to suggestions affecting each the regional police and RCMP that have been adopted in 2020.