Province announces $1M for policing

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Premier Kathy Dunderdale announcing $1 million for the formation of a joint RCMP and RNC task force

A new unit bringing together the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) and the RCMP in an attempt to tackle serious crime got a $1-million boost Friday

Premier Kathy Dunderdale, flanked by police officers and fellow politicians, made the funding announcement just days ahead of the government’s 2013 budget, which will be tabled in the House of Assembly Tuesday.

“As a government, we are committed to providing the necessary resources for our outstanding police organizations to ensure the safety of our citizens is protected,” Dunderdale said.

“Working from a dedicated office, members from both the RNC and the RCMP will devote their attention to specific cases while sharing and maximizing the considerable experience and expertise of both organizations.”

Tracy Hardy, commanding officer for the RCMP in Newfoundland and Labrador, called the new joint venture with the RNC a “collaboration at its finest.”

The new unit will take on child exploitation and drugs.

“What we’re going to do here is bring our resources together, but we’re going to be more efficient and effective. We’re dealing with organized crime,” said RNC Chief Robert Johnson.

“People involved with organized crime don’t adhere to jurisdictions or borders, and the closer that the RCMP and the RNC and other agencies throughout Canada work together, the better we’re going to be able to combat organized crime and people who are involved in organized crime.”

Dunderdale told reporters that Newfoundland and Labrador isn’t as safe as it once was and the government needs to work harder with police to fight crime.

“We hear almost every day how important broadband is, for example, to people here in our province, whether it’s for social media, for business or industry and so on, and there are a lot of good things that come from that, but there's a  dark side to that as well,” she said.

“That’s just one of the realities of life, and that’s one of the things that we have to contend with.”

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Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

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Recent comments

  • Crack head
    March 25, 2013 - 01:04

    With wait times of upwards of 2 yrs before treatment for my crack addiction..all I can do is rob and steal for my next fix.By the time they figure out what to do with the token money it will be gone to consultation sevices.

  • Yo mama
    March 24, 2013 - 13:59

    Could have saved a million if they'd just start handing out proper punishment, what do you expect will happen to the crime rate with all these slaps on the wrist?

  • anthony
    March 24, 2013 - 08:45

    while i'm sure the police can use it , this is a small move on government to distract people's attention from the royal screwing that government is about to bestow on them

  • Corporate Psycho
    March 24, 2013 - 07:41

    The spending spree continues.

  • Blame Cops Judges and Social Workers
    March 24, 2013 - 07:12

    The problem with organized crime lies in the police, justice, and mental health care systems. First, the polcie turn a blind eye to too many minor crimes and criminals esclate to major crimes. Secondly, the justice system only gives out slaps on the wrist to adutls who serve only part of their time, and youth justice equates to no more than being sent to their room with all their toys, whcih puts criminals back out on the street with more street cred to get away with more since they are not truly punished. Then, the mental health care system keeps themselves busy and employed by coddling crooks saying it is not their fault so they take no responsibility for their actions that only gets worse.

  • popcornsutton
    March 24, 2013 - 03:33

    the R.C.M.P should take over nl and take all of the R.N.C of the pay roll and lay them off

  • Anon
    March 23, 2013 - 20:38

    When they say the new unit will take down child exploitation and drugs, what they mean is they'll continue to bust marijuana while harder drugs run rampant and what pedophiles they do put in front of a judge get 3 months and time served. Whatever. Same old crap.

  • doug
    March 23, 2013 - 17:40

    Great, two embarrassing police forces working together, can't wait for the mutation to begin.

  • seanoairborne
    March 23, 2013 - 13:30

    What a great move!Now the RNC can properly train the RCMP on how to get scumbags holed up in a house out without ruining the house with millions of gallons of water, and hundreds of thousands of dollars to replace the house by the owner, while the the perp gets out the back door only to be arrested the next day 10 or 15 miles away!This is not a win win situation just a single win for the dunces of the once proud RCMP who will probably,finally,get some real training tips from the RNC on how to corral a dirtbag holed up with a gun in a residence! !!

  • Herb Couch
    March 23, 2013 - 12:52

    We need to legalize and regulate all drugs. Politicians who support drug prohibition support organized crime.

  • Don Lester
    March 23, 2013 - 07:39

    Excellent move on the part of government and both police forces.