Additional police officer assigned to new unit

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Parrsboro will gain one new police officer through the provincial governments pledge to put 250 new officers on the streets, but it will be a plain clothes officer based out of the Cumberland detachment in Amherst.

PARRSBORO Parrsboro will gain one new police officer through the provincial governments pledge to put 250 new officers on the streets, but it will be a plain clothes officer based out of the Cumberland detachment in Amherst.

Council ratified the decision at its Feb. 27 session following a joint meeting between the municipal councils of Cumberland County, Parrsboro and Oxford and the RCMP on Feb. 8, in which Staff Sgt. Frank Kingston proposed a General Investigative Section for the Cumberland detachment.

The three-member section will be made up of the three new officers provided by the province for Parrsboro, Oxford and the county municipality.

We only had three options of what we could do with this officer anyway, said Mayor Doug Robinson. It wasnt like we could bring him or her in here and make them a foot patrol officer. It was the best of the three options, and the recommendation from the RCMP, that we do this.

The extra unit, which was requested by the RCMP over a year ago, follows up on various investigations that the patrol officers would normally do. It will cover all areas of the three municipalities.

Its basically a plain clothes unit that takes the patrol officer off the task of trying to follow up every little thing, which they dont have time to do, said Robinson. Its kind of like CSI: Cumberland.

No detachment will lose any of its existing members to the new section, which is expected to be in place by next year.

awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Cumberland, RCMP

Geographic location: PARRSBORO, Oxford, Amherst Cumberland County

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