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Task force on municipal policing costs (part 2)

Here is another article about the 1978 task force on municipal policing costs.  The article is from the Spring 1979 issue of the British Columbia Police Journal.  I scanned it from a hard copy of the magazine. You won’t find it anywhere else on the web.

The article outlines a number of “principles” affirmed by the task force, including this one:

Current municipal contributions for police protection place a strain on local taxpayers in municipalities responsible for policing. Furthermore, the proportion of municipal expenditures going toward policing is increasing annually.

Of course, elected officials from 1978 would be shocked by the costs of policing in 2013.

And this one has been debated many times since 1978:

Some municipalities incur greater police costs as a result of special problems which they experience. The Task Force believes these municipalities should receive special assistance.

Regional policing services examined by task force

Regional policing is a hot topic right now in the Capital Regional District. It has also been studied on a number of occasions in the past.  This article is from the Autumn 1978 issue of the British Columbia Police Journal. Here is an excerpt:

The major purpose of the project is to examine policing costs in British Columbia, how they are shared among Municipal, Provincial and Federal Governments and then to consider practical cost-sharing alternatives. The terms of reference also require a study of the possibility of regional delivery of policing services and other cost-related issues.

Let’s talk about regional policing in British Columbia

Let’s talk about regional policing… three decades ago.

This article is from the Autumn 1978 issue of the B.C. Police Journal. Here are a few excerpts:

  • In the fall of 1977, the Attorney-General and the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing together identified a need to examine a wide range of issues related to policing costs.
  • The major purpose of the project is to examine policing costs in British Columbia, how they are shared among Municipal, Provincial and Federal Governments and then to consider practical cost-sharing alternatives.
  • The terms of reference also require a study of the possibility of regional delivery of policing services and other cost-related issues.

It seems this intractable problem has been around for a long, long time.

On a more modern note, there is a coffee meet up in Victoria to discuss amalgamation on Friday, September 28th from 9am to 10am.