April 25, 2016 - 9:00 PM
DELAY IN HIRING RCMP CREATES NEED FOR MORE BYLAW DURING 2016 TOURIST SEASON
KELOWNA - Bylaw services will get some more boots on the ground this summer, making up some for the RCMP officers who won’t be hired in time for the busy tourist season.
Bylaw services Greg Wise in a report to council says six new RCMP officers who were supposed to be starting this summer will not be available.
No reason was given for the delay.
Wise asked council to divert $173,000 intended for hiring the RCMP to the hiring of four new bylaw enforcement officers, on top of two already approved.
The four casual positions will be for terms of 22 weeks, Wise says in his report.
“With increasing incidents of transient camps, needle pick-ups and infractions against the traffic and parks bylaw, an increased enforcement presence in the downtown core will matter,” he says.
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