Spat over Langley RCMP funding starts again

A Township motion calls on the City to hire more Mounties.

While Langley Township works through its budget process, it might ask Langley City to put up more money for policing.

At budget discussions on Nov. 16, Township Councillor Angie Quaale put forward the idea of asking the City to hire more officers.

The Langley RCMP covers both the City and Township, but each community can pay to add officers to the local detachment.

Quaale said the City hasn’t hired new police officers in two years. The Township is looking at adding two officers in this year’s budget.

“The bottom line is, we share a police force, so we both have to contribute to it,” said Quaale.

Langley Township has a much larger population than the City, but the City, as the more urbanized area, has a higher crime rate.

There have been frequent disputes in years past over how to deal with the City-Township budget split on the RCMP.

The City has usually preferred to keep costs based on population. The Township has argued that the City uses up more policing resources.

 

 

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