N.B. Dept. Public Safety green lights C.R.S.C.'s second regional policing study

A second study into a single police force for the Chaleur Region has been given the green light by the provincial government.

Chaleur Regional Service Commission's policing committee chair and Bathurst mayor Paolo Fongemie tells the Northern Light that he and Belledune Mayor Joe Noel had a good, frank discussion with Public Safety Minister Carl Urquhart on the matter earlier this month.

The next step for the study, Fongemie says, is to figure out its framework.

Urquhart, meanwhile, says he's very pleased the region is moving forward with the study, adding the commission will have to examine the size of the coverage area, how the force would handle a major incident, as well as the cost of policing.

The minister says his department is conducting its own policing study for the province and that he'll be making recommendations once its presented to Cabinet, likely by November.

Urquhart says that should be completed in time for communities to plan their 2020 budgets.

The Chaleur Region currently has three separate police forces:  The Bathurst Police Force, B.N.P.P., and R.C.M.P.

(with files from the Northern Light)