A Surrey RCMP volunteer has launched a parliamentary E-Petition decrying changes made to the National Auxiliary Constable Program.
Auxiliary constables are specially trained volunteers who often ride along with law enforcement officers. They are unarmed, unpaid, and uniformed.
After an Alberta auxiliary constable was wounded in a shooting last year, the RCMP reviewed the program.
The E-Petition initiated by Dave Langlands of Surrey calls on the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness to restore the program.
It’s sponsored by Surrey-Newton Liberal MP Sukh Dhaliwal, but he says the changes are to protect volunteers.
“It’s not that we are taking the whole thing away from them. They will still be able to play a key role in community policing and crime prevention.”
Dhaliwal says the RCMP is developing a national policy and training standard to be rolled out at the end of the summer.
As of 9 p.m. on Thursday the petition had nearly 1,000 signatures from provinces across the country.