REGINA - Today, the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan unanimously passed Official Opposition Leader Carla Beck’s motion to oppose the closure of the RCMP Depot.
“The RCMP Depot has been an important job creator in our province for decades,” said Beck. “We can’t afford to see it phased out. There’s already a shortage of officers and our province is dead last in Canada in terms of job growth. This would be a devastating loss to the city of Regina and to the province.”
Beck’s motion stated That the Assembly opposes any plan for changes to RCMP training that involves the closure of Depot Division in Regina and the loss of more than 500 jobs. It came in response to the final report of the Mass Casualty Commission which recommended that the RCMP phase out Depot training by 2032.
“The tragedy in Portapique, Nova Scotia led to a necessary and thoughtful review of the RCMP,” said Beck. “While we oppose the closure of Depot, we welcome improvements that lead to more transparent, open and honest policing, including training that sets up RCMP officers for better relationships with the communities they serve and, in particular, with Indigenous people.”