The RCMP bureaucrats are at it again. Now they’re banning auxiliary RCMP constables from riding along with the RCMP members in their police cars.
Auxiliary officers are member of your community. They’re volunteer unpaid, unarmed but uniformed constables of the RCMP. There are 1600 of them across the country. They’re considered peace officers.
But just because they’re unpaid doesn’t mean they are untrained. Auxiliary members of the RCMP go through enhanced security screening and are highly trained. They are often required to commit 2 years to the program and are required to commit 160 hours per year to their community policing activities.
These are people who want to make the places they live in better. That’s all they want. They certainly aren’t in it for the money.
Last year an auxiliary constable, Derek Bond, was hurt in a shooting in Alberta that killed Cst David Wynne. In response to this, the RCMP bureaucrats - the ones that make all those bad decisions about our guns - have decided that the well trained auxiliary member can’t go along with the RCMP members in their cars.
This is stupid.
Auxiliary officers are well aware of the risks associated with their volunteerism. They train for the risks. They’re screened to not be a risk. They know what they do has the potential to be dangerous and they accept that risk. In fact, they willingly do their jobs without a gun on their hip.
Taking auxiliary constables out of cop cars is dangerous for the RCMP members they work with. RCMP officers patrol long dark stretches of Alberta alone. The auxiliary constables who accompany these officers in their cars make the dangerous job of rural policing safer. Extra eyes, extra ears and an extra set of hands can be the difference between life and death in a violent situation.
In Edmonton the violent crime rate is up 12% and property crime is up 18%. The fentanyl crisis is causing crime to spike all over. Grande Prairie is now the violent crime capital of the country with the crime rate there going up 33% over the last 5 years. As the economy goes down, the crime goes up. Policing can be expensive. These volunteers are helping to keep the cost of policing lower.
How can these bureaucrats in the RCMP use safety as an excuse for removing the auxiliary members from the cars while ignoring the fact that police are less safe when they work alone?