Town not planning to replace police force

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The Town of Amherst is not planning to replace its municipal police force with the RCMP, but council met with department of justice officials Monday to discuss the process.

The Town of Amherst is not planning to replace its municipal police force with the RCMP, but council met with department of justice officials Monday to discuss the process.

The purpose of the in-camera meeting was to review the proper protocol should the town ever decide to take that step, according to Mayor Jerry Hallee, who said the town does this every five years to keep abreast of its options.

He emphasized that no decisions were made, and that the town has no intentions at this point of changing its police service.

"The reason we consider it is we may have some capital requirement in the police department and we need to weigh all our options, that's all," said Hallee. "We need to be educated. We can't just go about our merry way without having any idea what the other side is doing."

The protocol of changing over to the RCMP has changed since the town last looked into it five years ago, according to Hallee, who said Chief Charles Rushton was also present.

"We're not trying to hide anything from the chief," he said. "We want him to know exactly what it is we're learning so we're up to speed with what's going on in law enforcement."

Similar meetings were held between the town and the provincial department in 2002 and 1997, he said, describing them as "information meetings."

"No decision was made and no decision will be made any time soon, I assure you," said Hallee.

awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Amherst

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