The Village of Alix council voiced their support of the RCMP amid tough times for police forces across North America and the world.
At their regular council meeting June 17, Alix village council read a letter drafted by Coun. Ed Cole, a retired RCMP officer, who wanted to give a vote of confidence to the Bashaw RCMP detachment and the RCMP in general.
Cole stated he would like the council to pass a resolution worded as his letter was, and he would like a recorded vote.
Cole’s letter stated, “In Canada, presently, the RCMP and other police services are coming under attack and there are calls for defunding.
“Our own Prime Minister, our supposed national leader, is attacking our world-renowned national police force for what I see only as political gain.
“No political leaders, especially on the national stage, are offering any support for the RCMP, or any other police service for that matter, and are calling for defunding police services.
“As the majority of police budgets are for salaries, defunding would simply reduce police officers on the streets.
“I, therefore, call for your support for the following resolution: That the Village of Alix council fully supports our local RCMP detachment at Bashaw, and we have no intention of defunding them.
“I hope you will support me in this resolution. I would request a recorded vote, and if passed, correspondence of this motion be sent to the detachment commander at Bashaw and that the resolution forms a general release to the media.”
Village Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Michelle White noted that the council can’t pass a resolution or bylaw outside municipal authority because it would be automatically invalid.
Cole agreed to change the wording of his resolution to read “The village council fully supports the RCMP… and the village does not agree with police defunding.”
Councillors unanimously approved Cole’s revised statement.
Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative reporter