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The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 4272, representing police officers in the Town of Sackville, N.B. is proud to announce the launch of “Keep Our Police Services (K.O.P.S.)”, a campaign to save the local police force,” says Bill McKinnon, National Representative for CUPE.

The Town of Sackville is seriously considering the disbanding of their Municipal Police Force and contracting police services out to the RCMP. The Town Council has already received a proposal from the RCMP indicating an increased cost of $25,000.00 per officer, as compared to the present force. That number does not take into account other costs like a detachment building, overtime, maintenance and support staff.

The issue of the added costs alone is more than abundant reason for Town Council to walk away from this ill-conceived idea of RCMP policing in Sackville. Furthermore, the local force has provided outstanding service for generations. The members of the force are taxpayers and members of the community with families, friends and roots here. This is not to mention the plethora of complaints registered across New Brunswick from citizens regarding the RCMP service in their communities.

We have tried to bring the issue to Town Council directly but we have yet to receive any reply. This is too important an issue to delay any longer,” concluded McKinnon. In an effort to bring the facts directly to the citizens of Sackville, CUPE is launching the K.O.P.S.’ campaign, which will include radio, newspaper ads, direct to home literature drops and many other initiatives to get the message out. It is critical that Town Council receive the message from the residents of Sackville that bringing in RCMP is a mistake. Keep Our Police Services!”

Officially the campaign will launch Monday, April 22nd, 2002 but citizens will receive a flyer in the Sackville Tribune this Wednesday.

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For more information:
Bill McKinnon, 902-566-4006 or 902-439-1055