Policing pact should keep RCMP in Red Deer for the next 20 years

The Mounties will likely be around in Red Deer for the next 20 years.

The Mounties will likely be around in Red Deer for the next 20 years.

Red Deer city council is expected to approve on Monday a new Municipal Policing Servicing Agreement, which would replace the contract that’s been in place since 1992.

Most of the 1992 conditions were kept, but this contract allows for greater local engagement. Plus, it increases transparency, effectiveness and accountability on how the RCMP operate.

The estimated overall increase in the contract is 1.8 per cent — or about $270,000 to $300,000.

The provincial government entered into its new Provincial Police Services Agreement with the federal government, which paves the way for contracts to be renewed with municipalities. The Alberta Solicitor General and Public Security Departments negotiated the new agreement, with input from the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association.

AUMA represented 43 Alberta municipalities that contract the RCMP.

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