More RCMP Requested

Will  Vernon City Council add a million dollars to their policing budget?

One of the big items on Tuesday's agenda at Vernon City Council is a presentation from the head of the Vernon RCMP.

Supt. Jim McNamara, is asking council to increase the number of police officers at the Vernon detachment - adding six members in 2018, increasing to 56 from the current 50 funded officers,  at a total cost of just over a million dollars.

The report says the six additional officers would be deployed with four officers assigned to the General Duty Watches and two officers assigned to the General Investigation Section (Plainclothes) — one Corporal to Sex Crimes and one Constable to the Prolific Offender Unit. 

Okanagan Detachment Established Levels: Vernon/North Okanagan Detachment is currently at 100 Regular Officers: 56 City of Vernon; 33 Provincial; 7 Coldstream; 3 Spallumcheen and 1 Splats'in First Nation.
• Funded Levels: As of the September 30thVernon/North Okanagan Detachment billed 50.28 City
of Vernon; 30.03 Provincial, 5.43 Coldstream; 2.67 Spallumcheen and 1 Splats'in First Nations. 

Council will also see the third quarter RCMP report, which shows a 5.59% increase in criminal code cases and a 6.79% increase in property crime.