Truro and Colchester Chamber lobbying to keep RCMP OCC jobs in Truro

The Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce says it has been actively lobbying the RCMP, along with federal and provincial officials, to retain approximately 55 jobs at its Operational Communication Centre in Truro.

Chamber President Ron Smith says their lobbying efforts began last spring as soon as their office was made aware that the RCMP planned to transfer operations from Truro to Dartmouth by February 2021.

Since that time, the chamber has held several meetings with elected officials at all levels of government to voice concerns about the move, and have written Public Safety Minster Ralph Goodale and RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki.

In a media release, Smith says centralizing the positions in HRM simply contributes to the undermining of rural Nova Scotia and is completely at odds with the federal government's 2015 campaign platform commitment to "strengthen our communities by investing in the things that make them good places to live".

He also joins numerous officials opposed to the move in saying the plan to cluster the two largest police communications 911 systems together within a few blocks in Dartmouth is putting Nova Scotians in a position of unnecessary risk.

Smith said they are awaiting the results of the recently announced independent review of the relocation plan.