VICTORIA, Feb. 25 /CNW/ - Members of the province-wide British Columbia
Police Association (BCPA), are meeting with provincial MLAs today in Victoria.
The BCPA is the new province-wide organization that provides a united voice
for front-line municipal policing in British Columbia.
The 2,500-member BCPA is made up of the members of the province's 11
municipal police services as well as members of the South Coast BC Transit
Association Police Services.
Members of the RCMP serving in B.C. are welcome as non-voting associate
members of the BCPA during the time they serve in the province.
"We are providing a united voice on issues of concern to our members
across the province," says BCPA President, Tom Stamatakis. "We're pleased with
the opportunity to discuss these issues with our provincial MLAs and to listen
to their concerns about policing in their communities, especially in light of
the recent attention to the latest gang violence", he adds.
While member police associations of the BCPA negotiate their contracts
individually with the municipalities they serve, the BCPA allows them to more
easily share information and improve bargaining positions.
"Our province is vast, and while policing in a major city like Vancouver
is different in some ways than in a smaller municipality, our shared
experiences, concerns and issues outweigh our differences", notes Stamatakis.
The main aim of the BCPA is to encourage improvements in the working
conditions, equipment, training and compensation of its members, and, by so
doing, improve policing service to the public in B.C.'s municipalities. Its
motto and mission statement is, "To Protect Those Who Protect Others."
For further information:
For further information: Tom Stamatakis, (604) 312-7737