Rural Canadians Face Increased Risk From RCMP Officer Shortages Under Trudeau

You would think our national police force and security would be a top priority for the government, but that’s clearly not the case under Trudeau’s “leadership.”

A concerning new report reveals that the RCMP is facing severe shortages, leading to longer response times in rural Canada, and officers leaving the force and burning out a rapid clip.

Since the RCMP serves as the main police force for rural Canada, any shortages and crisis in the force puts Canadians at risk.

The total national RCMP vacancy rate is now 12.1%, and the real number may be even worse. RCMP bureaucrats will simply eliminate unfilled positions, so the true loss of members is an even bigger problem than it looks. It is estimated that up to 800 officers are leaving the RCMP every year, leaving the remaining officers working longer hours, going to calls alone (much more dangerous), and making response times in rural Canada much longer.

This is a recipe for disaster.

As noted in a CTV report, ‘”The HR crisis is the number one thing affecting our organization and there’s no overnight fix to it,”‘ said Brian Sauvé, who serves as national executive co-chair for the National Police Federation, the organization that looks likeliest to become the union for the RCMP.”

He added, “You’re going to see, and you are seeing, burn-out from the membership…. That’s consistent across the country.”

One officer says when he goes out on calls alone, his nearest backup can be as far as 80 km away.

A dangerous situation in rural Canada

As noted in the report by an RCMP officer who spoke on condition of anonymity response times are becoming a big problem. “It’s ridiculous. It was never like that before. Before, the response time was 15 minutes and there was a member somewhere… The people who are paying the price for that are the rural people. Even the criminals know that ‘by the time they call the police, I could be 30, 40 minutes out of here’.”

Why does Trudeau have so much money for everything except Canadians?

It’s quite odd that despite around $30 billion more in spending per year under Trudeau, the basic security of Canadians is being abandoned by the government. With estimates that an additional $1 billion per year would help alleviate many of the problems facing the RCMP and make Canadians safer, it’s absurd that the money hasn’t been allocated, considering all the other things Trudeau is spending our tax dollars on.

Under Trudeau, there’s always money for elitist causes & foreign countries, but never enough for priorities here in Canada.

We keep having to say it, but that’s because it’s true: At every step of the way, Trudeau shows that the needs of Canadians are the last thing on his mind. And even worse, Trudeau is leaving rural Canadians – who mostly didn’t vote for him – with less police protection as the RCMP shortages worsen.

While it would be nice to think otherwise, we have to wonder whether Trudeau is looking at this politically and refusing to help a part of the country that opposes him, rather than rising above politics and providing the RCMP with the financial support they need to keep rural Canadian communities secure.

Spencer Fernando

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