Chamber receives national support in lobby to keep RCMP jobs in Truro

Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce

The Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce (TCCoC) has received support from its Atlantic and Canadian counterparts in lobbying to stop the RCMP Operational Communications Centre (OCC) from moving to Dartmouth by February 2021.

The chamber says a letter sent last month to Rural and Economic Development Minister Bernadette Jordan and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale calling for a complete analysis, including an economic impact on Truro, has gone unanswered.

It was signed by representatives from all three chambers of commerce as well as Millbrook Chief Bob Gloade.

In February, the RCMP announced plans to move the Truro OCC which would also take 55 jobs from the area.

Ron Smith, President of the TCCoC, is calling on the federal government to work with the RCMP to halt its plans to move the centre until an impact analysis is completed.

He says, "We have spoken with several key stakeholders in the community who have offered what we believe to be valid solutions to retaining these jobs, however, there is a frustrating lack of communication between the community and the RCMP, as well as government officials in their capacity to assist in this matter."  

One of the main concerns surrounding this move is that it would put the two dispatch operations virtually next door to each other, contradicting the RCMP's own report in 2004 that recommended separation of at least 100 km in case of a disaster that leaves one inoperable.