B.C. RCMP to get an additional $230 million in funding from provincial government
The provincial government will spend an extra $230 million on B.C. RCMP services over the next three years as part of its public safety plan.
On Wednesday, B.C. Premier David Eby and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said the money would go in part toward filling staffing shortages at regional RCMP detachments in communities with fewer than 5,000 people.
This would allow provincially-funded regional RCMP units to reach their authorized staffing levels of 2,602 officers.
The money will also be used hire additional officers in specialized units such as the major crimes section, the sexual exploitation of children unit, and the B.C. highway patrol – plus go toward helping prosecutors and probation officers better manage violent, high-risk offenders.
“The funding will ensure adequate and effective levels of policing and law enforcement across the province, particularly in rural, remote, and Indigenous communities, and in a wide variety of specialized teams that investigate and prevent complex violent and organized crimes,” Eby said.