B.C. Premier David Eby announced $230 million in funding for police and other public safety services, the latest in a series of whirlwind commitments since he was sworn in last week.
Eby says the funds will be used to fill vacancies in rural detachments and regional RCMP units, as well as hire additional officers in specialized units such as major crimes, child sexual exploitation and money laundering. silver.
He says the funds, which will be spent over three years, will also be used to support prosecutors and probation officers who deal with high-risk violent offenders.
Eby said in a statement that the funding, which is part of his government’s safer communities action plan, “will help ensure the RCMP can operate at full capacity to keep people safe.”
Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said the “historic commitment” to core funding for the RCMP took two years.
Deputy Commissioner Dwayne McDonald, Commanding Officer of the British Columbia RCMP, said in the release that he welcomes the funding because it will have a direct effect on public safety.
The Canadian Press