A computer system utilized by the RCMP is going to cost the city twice the amount it was previously paying.
The information-sharing program allows officers to work together and share data relating to investigations.
Councilor Lori Ackerman says City Council was just informed of this change in a letter from Solicitor General Kash Heed.
[asset|aid=1999|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f9d18a6a989c26682c46aedd25c53b00-Ackerman – Police 2_1_Pub.mp3]
The mandatory system is called Prime B.C. and is used by more than 9,000 officers across the province. The fee is based on population. Fort St. John pays 90% of the fee, because there are more than 15,000 residents in the city.
It may sound like a small number, but Fort St. John has a crew of around 32 officers. So it’s going to cost the City $32,000 compared to the $16,000 it cost last year. This money is generated out of the operating budget.
Councilor Ackerman and Mayor Bruce Lantz spoke to Heed at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities Conference two weeks ago.
[asset|aid=2000|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f9d18a6a989c26682c46aedd25c53b00-Ackerman – Police 1_1_Pub.mp3]
The city spends a large chunk of its operating budget on the RCMP.
Now, the City will be consulting the RCMP, and sending a letter to Kash Heed in the upcoming days.