Independent consultant to review RCMP plan to move Truro communications centre

Ottawa says there will be an independent review of the RCMP's plan to relocate the Operational Communications Centre (OCC) in Truro to its head office in Dartmouth.

Cumberland Colchester MP Bill Casey says Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has confirmed to him that the RCMP will be engaging an independent consultant to look at the plan.

In February, the RCMP informed staff at the Truro facility, as well as local politicians, that the OCC would be moved to Dartmouth, effective February 2021.

The decision is a big concern to Casey, who says the move will mean the province's two largest police communication facilities will be in the same community despite the number one requirement in emergency communications manuals, guidelines and standards to have “geographic separation” between communication centres.

There is no information on the timeline of the review.