MILLBROOK MAY HAVE OP­TION FOR RCMP

Truro Daily News - - Front Page - BY HARRY SULLIVAN truro DAILY NEWS

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

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