Vancouver deserves its fair share of federal policing dollars: VPU

    VANCOUVER, Feb. 28 /CNW/ - The Vancouver Police Union, (VPU), is
encouraging B.C. Solicitor General John Les to ensure that both the province
and Vancouver get their fair shares of enhanced policing as a result of the
federal budget.
    The VPU position is supported by the B.C. Federation of Police Officers,
which represents all municipal police force members outside of Vancouver.
    VPU President Tom Stamatakis welcomed the $400 million federal commitment
to a Police Officers Recruitment Fund announced in the federal budget, and
supports attempts by the B.C. solicitor general to obtain about $53 million of
that amount for the province. The fund is designed to help recruit 2,500 new
front-line police officers across Canada.
    "We are supporting the provincial Solicitor General in his efforts to
negotiate a fair share for the province. We also want him to earmark at least
$10 million of the money that will flow to B.C. to the City of Vancouver for
its policing needs", says Stamatakis, who noted that independent studies have
shown that Vancouver is under-policed.
    The VPU President's request for $10 million is based on a per-capita
calculation: the men and women of the Vancouver Police Department make up
about 20 per cent of the total police population of the province.
    "Vancouver deserves its fair share: as B.C.'s largest urban centre, we
have unique challenges and needs, including a continual struggle with issues
of 'gangs and guns', and other regional policing responsibilities within
Vancouver", says Stamatakis.
    "We appreciate the fact that Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister
of Public Safety Stockwell Day listened to the concerns of the Canadian Police
Association, (CPA), which fought for this funding," concludes Stamatakis.
    In addition to being President of the VPU, Stamatakis is also Vice
President of the Canadian Police Association.

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For further information: Tom Stamatakis, (604) 312-7737

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