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Taber town council discuss provincial police force

Posted on February 16, 2022 by Taber Times

By Kenyon Stronski
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
reporter@tabertimes.com

With border blockades and freedom convoys permeating the forefront thoughts of most Albertans, there is still discussion around a potential provincial police force in lieu of the RCMP. In response to a media inquiry, Taber’s town council discussed this topic at their Feb. 15 regular meeting of council.

Coun. Alf Rudd was the first to speak his thoughts on Alberta’s potential move to a provincial police force.

“As I have expressed to council before, this is an interest I have taken and I’ve attended various provincial sessions as presented by the Government of Alberta and the Federation of RCMP to learn what’s been taking place. I’ve been paying close attention and I know where I stand on it, and perhaps I have some bias even though I try not to hold any because I did serve with the RCMP for 27 years, but I also served for 18 years under the Provincial Police Act, so I think I have a pretty good flavour for both sides of the coin on what it would look and feel like. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s a matter of expense, and to me there’s just no getting around it,” he said.

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