No rush on regional policing from the province

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

Despite ongoing calls for a regional police force in Metro Vancouver, BC’s Justice Minister is in no rush.

“We spend 70-million dollars a year on integrated policing.”

Suzanne Anton is responding after Vancouver Police deflected questions about the need for more integration to solve several targeted shootings in recent weeks.

“I welcome that. Integration and cooperativeness starts at the city level and I hope that the mayor of Vancouver will be picking up the phone and talking to his colleagues around the Lower Mainland to talk about how they may further increase integration between them.”

But she’s not making any commitments.

A regional force was the key recommendation stemming from the Missing Women inquiry in 2012.

Last year, Anton announced a review of all policing in BC, but no word yet on when that will be completed.

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