27 Mar MEDIA RELEASE: LETTER TO RCMP COMMISSIONER BOB PAULSON FROM LIBERAL CANDIDATE CRAIG JOHNSON
LETTER TO RCMP COMMISSIONER BOB PAULSON FROM LIBERAL CANDIDATE CRAIG JOHNSON
For Immediate Release
March 27th 2017
TRURO, NS – Liberal candidate for Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River, Craig Johnson, today sent the following letter to Bob Paulson, Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police:
Dear Commissioner Paulson,
I am writing to express my opposition to the proposed closure of the RCMP Divisional Operational Communications Center in Truro, Nova Scotia. The proposal would result in the transfer of 50+ jobs from Truro to Halifax, and I am entirely opposed to such a plan. I ask that all of these jobs remain in the Truro area. I do not wish to see families uprooted, and I do not support moving jobs from rural Nova Scotia to Halifax.
I also want to express my concern regarding the public safety implications of the proposed closure. The centralizing of all communications at one center contradicts best practices, and the very reasoning provided when the communications office was developed in Truro just ten years ago.
Centralizing 93% of all dispatching in Halifax, when it is currently evenly split between Halifax and Truro, would leave the entire 911 dispatch system vulnerable in the occurrence of a catastrophic event in Halifax. It is essential that such a vital system have a reliable and ready backup location.
I have raised my concerns about this proposal with Member of Parliament, Bill Casey. Bill Casey also supports maintaining a dispatch center in the Truro area, and keeping all 50 jobs right here.
I am requesting that the RCMP investigate an alternative to a move from Truro to Halifax. It is vital to our local economy, and to public safety, that the RCMP Divisional Operational Communications Center remains in the Truro area.
Liberal candidate for Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River