BC Premier Eby pledges $230 million in police funding for RCMP vacancies, new hires – BC News

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British Columbia Premier David Eby has announced $230 million in police and other public safety funding, the latest in a whirlwind series of commitments since he was sworn in last week.

Eby says the funds will be used to fill vacancies in rural RCMP detachments and regional units, as well as hire additional officers in specialized units such as the major crimes, child sexual exploitation and money laundering unit.

He says the funds, to be spent over three years, will also go to support prosecutors and probation officers who deal with violent, high-risk offenders.

Eby says in a statement that the funding, which is part of his government’s Safer Communities Action Plan, will “help ensure the RCMP can operate to its full capacity to keep people safe.”

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth says the “historic commitment” to core funding for the RCMP took two years to achieve.

Deputy Commissioner Dwayne McDonald, the commander of the BC RCMP, says in the statement that he welcomes the funding because it will have a direct effect on public safety.

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