VANCOUVER, June 22, 2012 /CNW/ - Vancouver, June 22, 2012 - The BC
Police Association, (BCPA), stands with the "measured approach" being
taken by Solicitor General Shirley Bond in the ongoing uncertainty over
the future of policing in Victoria and Esquimalt according to BCPA
President Tom Stamatakis.
"We know there are a range of views in those two communities, and while
we support continuing a shared local policing agreement, rather than
turning to the RCMP, we recognize that Esquimalt has legitimate
concerns that should be addressed," says Stamatakis.
"We are not concerned that the Solicitor General is taking her time to
get this right; it's an issue where cooler, thoughtful heads need to
prevail," he adds.
"It is definitely not helpful to see the former Solgen, Kash Heed,
stirring the political pot on the merger issue from his perch on the
backbenches, particularly when he was not noted for being a fan of
public consultation when he was Solicitor General," notes Stamatakis.
"A measured approach is important for many reasons, not least of which
is that the jobs of some of the hard-working men and women on the
Victoria police service could be at stake, depending on the outcome of
this issue," Stamatakis warns.
"I know for a fact that the people the BCPA represents in Victoria and
Esquimalt are doing their very best to provide the citizens of those
communities with exemplary police service," Stamatakis concludes.
The British Columbia Police Association represents approximately 2,700
members of the province's 11 municipal police services and the South
Coast BC Transit Association police service.
SOURCE BC Police Association
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Tom Stamatakis 604-312-7737