BC Premier Eby pledges $230 million in police funding for RCMP job openings, new hires

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

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

He says the money, which will be spent three years from now, will also be used to support prosecutors and probation officers dealing with violent, high-risk offenders.

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

Public Security Secretary Mike Farnworth says the “historic commitment” to RCMP’s core funding took two years.

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.

The Canadian Press

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