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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.

Essay in Victoria News about police regionalization

This is a well-written essay by Deputy Chief Ducker. Even if you disagree with police regionalization, it raises some interesting facts and anecdotes that many people throughout the CRD probably did not know about or may not have considered:

It’s no secret to VicPD members that many of the region’s hardcore drug dealers, organized criminals and party crowd live in the outlying areas, which most certainly includes Saanich.

The criminal element of these groups ply their trade on the streets of our downtown core and often retire to the bedroom communities, where not enough attention is paid to them. After 34 years I could fill a police notebook with instances where outlying agencies have either declined outright or simply don’t have the true capacity to deal with serious criminal elements living in their communities, leaving it to VicPD to handle or simply allow the problem to be ignored.