Grande Prairie, Dawson Creek to discuss policing across provincial borders

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The mayors of Grande Prairie and Dawson Creek are hoping to organize a meeting on inter-provincial policing in the Peace Region.

Grande Prairie’s Bill Given says he and Dawson Creek’s Dale Bumstead are hoping to engage all the responsible parties in a discussion on the issue and to investigate whether there are opportunities for improvements of the current policing system.

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No formal meeting time has yet been set, but Mayor Bumstead says it’s hoped to organize an event to eventually bring together all the concerned parties.

In a local e-mail response, Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman said, ‘the RCMP is a federal agency,’ adding, ‘our RCMP detachment has integrated units who respond to regional issues, and if they need to reach across the border into Alberta to liaise with their members they do.’

Still, Mayor Given says crime and criminals float freely across both municipal and provincial boundaries, and the hope is to encourage all those involved in addressing the associated challenges to come together to ensure ‘we have a really robust system of policing in the area,’ and he added this:

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