Council complains about sheriff cuts

first_imgFort St. John City Council will formally complain to the Province about recent cuts to the provincial sheriffs department.The most recent cuts, announced quietly a few weeks ago by the Province, mean that as of June 10, the hours of 52 auxiliary deputies would be cut. Which is the equivalent of cutting 34 full-time positions.In a motion brought forward by Mayor Lantz Monday, the Mayor expressed his dissatisfaction with the decision and the lack of notification and consultation by the province.- Advertisement -Sheriffs in B.C. have a number of responsibilities, some of which include escorting prisoners to and from court houses, providing security within courtrooms and transporting prisoners to penitentiaries. When Sheriffs aren’t available, the RCMP take over some of those rolls, which take them away from responsibilities local municipalities pay for.A letter from the City of Fort St. John will be sent to the ministries involved and to all the communities in the Union of B.C. Municipalities.Mayor Lantz says he has already spoken to Minister Stephanie Cadieux, Labour, Citizen’s Services, and Open Government who is visiting Fort St. John this week.Advertisement At a future Council meeting, Council could decided if they wish to make a formal resolution to be presented at the next Union of B.C. Municipalities meeting. For more on this story, click here and read what Mayor Lantz had to say about this last week.last_img read more