I stood up in the House of Commons late last evening (June 20, 2017) to bring to the attention of Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Mark Holland, the question mark hanging over the future of the Truro RCMP Communications Dispatch Centre.
The current study by the RCMP that could see the centre moved back to Halifax flies in the face of current best practices for operational dispatching for major police services in North America. This is not just a question of good jobs being moved out of rural Nova Scotia, it’s a question of public safety in the event of a natural disaster or an attack on the major centre where all the dispatch operations are housed. Without a remote centre to provide back-up in the event of such a situation, there is no ability to coordinate and communicate with police and other first responders.
I was encouraged by my exchange in the House by the Parliamentary Secretary.