County approves addition RCMP position for Airdrie Rural division
By: Sara Wilson
| Posted: Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 01:28 pm
Rocky View County (RVC) council unanimously approved to sign the RCMP Enhanced Policing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Airdrie Rural Response Area on March 11.
The MOU authorizes a policing position to be stationed with the Airdrie Rural RCMP detachment, a position that is paid by the County.
The Airdrie Rural detachment has eight members and covers Crossfield and Balzac.
The position will cost the County $145,000 over two years and is included in the base budget. This is the second MOU between the Airdrie Rural RCMP detachment and the County.
“We shouldn’t be using tax dollars to police provincial highways,” Balzac Councillor Lois Habberfield said.
“(The policing position) needs to be more present in Rocky View County. (Policing the highways) is not what were trying to achieve with this position.”
This position is not strictly designated to traffic duties, county administration explained, but added the officer will help with policing operations within the Airdrie Rural detachment.
The position was approved and is affective immediately.