MILLBROOK MAY HAVE OPTION FOR RCMP
Efforts to retain the RCMP Communications Centre within Colchester County have prompted a proposal to establish a dispatch facility in Millbrook.
Cumberland-Colchester MP Bill Casey, who has been leading the charge trying to convince the RCMP brass to keep the communications centre within the Truro area, said on Tuesday that Millbrook First Nation has made a proposal to the RCMP’s H Division in Halifax to renovate an existing building that would meet the needs for a modern dispatch centre.
“Locating the centre to Millbrook would be a step towards reconciliation with Nova Scotia’s Indigenous peoples that the RCMP could take,” Casey said, in a news release. “Millbrook are excellent business partners and their location is perfect for the RCMP.”
The current facility in downtown Truro is no longer suitable for RCMP purposes. But most of the approximately 55 staff members and their families do not want to relocate, fearing disruption and an increased cost of living in HRM, he said.
Public safety requires that a communications centre be located away from Halifax and away from the other primary communications centre located in Dartmouth, Casey said. And even an RCMP report from 2004 suggests that moving the centre to Halifax would not be in keeping with best practices for such a facility.
Casey said in the news release he has met with the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness to encourage serious consideration of the option and he has also met with Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, on the matter.
Neither Casey nor Millbrook First Nation Chief Bob Gloade was immediately available for comment and the building in question was not identified in the release.
“Locating the centre to Millbrook would be a step towards reconciliation with Nova Scotia’s Indigenous peoples that the rcMP could take … Millbrook are excellent business partners and their location is perfect for the rcMP.”
Cumberland-Colchester MP Bill Casey