The Village of Pouce Coupe and the Dawson Creek RCMP are working together to explore the option of establishing an RCMP community policing office in Pouce Coupe.
Staff Sergeant Damon Werrell said he is working on a business case for such a proposal.
“I am hopeful for the summer, at the very least I would like to have the office up and running this calendar year.”
One of the requirements is space.
The Village of Pouce Coupe at last Tuesday’s budget meeting indicated they could make an office in the Fire Hall, moving the Fire Chief upstairs. They motioned to send a letter of support to the Staff Sergeant, saying there is space for an officer.
“We would have community policing out here, full time,” said Mayor Lorraine Michetti. “They would deal with the rural area, too, no cost to us.”
Michetti said she has been working with Werrell since December on the idea.
Council noted that with proposed cutbacks in Dawson Creek policing, getting an officer in Pouce is all the more important.
“This is an incredible opportunity,” said Councillor Ken Drover.
Werrell does note there are costs associated — LAN installation, computer station to name a few — and that it would be up to the Province to authorize the community policing plan — there’s no guarantee. While he has a timeline he hopes for, he can’t speak to how long it would take the Province to approve or decline such a plan.