The head of the Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP says a service change with night time calls to police will affect all the larger detachments in the South East District.
Superintendent Shawna Baher says the dispatching is currently done through their communications centre in Kelowna.
“For a long period of time, they have been taking on additional duties that aren’t really job descriptions that they had, so when they looked at their overall mandate, when they looked at everything they were doing, they had to say ‘Are we able to able to do all this additional stuff that is past our mandate?” Baher told Beach Radio News.
Baher (pictured) says the actual answers should come from the South East District, but from what she knows, it means the after-hours service will no longer fall in the funding formula for larger 24-hour detachments.
“It’s something I’m looking for South East District to come back on, because they’re going to have to explain this to the entire South-East District, not just to Vernon. This is going to effect everywhere that has a 24 hour detachment.”
Vernon mayor Akbal Mund raised the issue this week (LINK TO STORY), saying it could cost the city an extra $70,000 to $90,000 a year to staff the after 5 pm service.
Baher says its possible Vernon may be able to incorporate it into its current support services.
“I don’t know how many employees Vernon would need to hire, and I also don’t know if Vernon would have the ability to amalgamate it into services that are already here. That’s something we’re looking for clarification on.”