Information about the RCMP’s Truro Dispatch Centre is not forthcoming, says Bill Casey, MP for Cumberland Colchester.
Recently, rumours have surfaced that the RCMP may be seeking to move the centre to Halifax. Casey has been in contact with the offices of Commissioner Bob Paulson and H-Division Assistant Commissioner Brian Brennan, asking for a copy of a 2006 internal report that saw several Nova Scotia dispatch centres consolidated in Truro.
He has also made an application through Access to Information and Privacy Branch of the RCMP, but almost 3 months later, he is still waiting for a reply.
The Truro Operational Communications Centre handles about half of all 911 calls in the province of Nova Scotia. A centre in Halifax, operated by HRM Police, handles the rest. The Truro centre takes overflow from HRM through seamless telephonic integration. It can communicate with every police car, fire truck, ambulance and marine vessel instantaneously.
“I believe that somewhere in that 2006 report is a rationale for choosing to locate this critical communications infrastructure outside of HRM,” says Casey. “If a catastrophic event happens in HRM, where our only other dispatch centre is located, Truro is the back-up. If both centres were located in Halifax, it could spell a double disaster, with communications knocked out for the entire province.”
Casey believes the RCMP will release the report in due course, but wants to be sure that he has it before a decision is made regarding the Truro facility. “These are more than 50 good paying jobs for this rural area. We don’t want to lose them, and nobody wants to see public safety compromised.”