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City Council supports proposed changes to police funding model

October 15, 2019 4:42 PM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

City Council supports, in principle, the Province of Alberta’s proposed changes to the police funding model, which would require all Alberta municipalities, regardless of size, to begin paying for some front line police services.

At today’s regular scheduled Council meeting, City Council reviewed the Province of Alberta’s Police Costing Model Engagement report. The City has advocated for the phasing in of a fair and balanced funding formula that is equitable for all local governments. Historically, larger municipalities, such as The City of Red Deer, have paid the majority of their municipal policing costs.

“We know that crime knows no borders. With a more equitable funding formula, every municipality will begin sharing the responsibility of policing and community safety,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “The City has advocated with Alberta Urban Municipalities Association for many years to address the historical inequity of who pays for policing costs and we will continue to work with all partners to address public safety.”

Under the proposed funding model, communities under 5,000 people will be required to pay some of their front line policing costs.

For more information, contact:

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8147

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