We need 24-hour polic­ing in Gan­der

The Beacon (Gander) - - Editorial -

For the past sev­eral years, Gan­der has been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a rash of do­mes­tic break-ins, home in­cur­sions, bur­glar­ies, forced en­tries and crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity.

This has be­come a ma­jor prob­lem in this “white-col­lar town” of only 14,000.

We do not have a 24-hour active RCMP pa­trol within the Town of Gan­der.

My con­cern here is not only lim­ited to the lack of 24-hour RCMP town pres­ence, but also over­laps the vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties in over­all se­cu­rity as it per­tains to our in­ter­na­tional airport and the Air Traf­fic Con­trol Cen­ter as well.

It is my opin­ion that the Gan­der Town Coun­cil and the pro­vin­cial and fed­eral govern­ments have re­ally dropped the ball in ad­dress­ing this fail­ure of se­cu­rity to en­sure the res­i­dents of our town are pro­tected.

We are tax pay­ers, and should ex­pect, at the least, an active 24hour fire and po­lice ser­vice.

This con­cern has been pre­vi­ously passed to the Gan­der Town Coun­cil and other var­i­ous agen­cies con­cern­ing this mat­ter. Un­for­tu­nately, this sub­ject has not been openly ad­dressed, de­bated, nor re­solved to the sat­is­fac­tion of cit­i­zens of this town.

I hope this let­ter will pro­vide a spot­light on this crit­i­cal is­sue, es­pe­cially in light of our govern­ment’s com­mit­ment to safety and se­cu­rity. Hope­fully an im­prove­ment in this area can be im­ple­mented by the new, up­com­ing, town coun­cil in or­der to en­hance lo­cal se­cu­rity and re­duce crime re­lated ac­tiv­ity.

Re­gards Brian W. Shaw Gan­der

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