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Majority of residents want a regional police force: poll

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – You want to see a regional police force.

That’s the feeling of most in Metro Vancouver, following the Missing Women’s Inquiry.

In an online survey conducted by Angus Reid, 57 per cent of those polled support the creation of a single police force to look after the Lower Mainland.

Mario Canseco with Angus Reid says the concept is more popular amongst men and those over the age of 55. “We’ve been asking the same question since 2008. We asked it after the riots, we asked it also when we had several killings in Metro Vancouver.”

Canseco says support for a regional police force has remained steady through the years.

Of those polled, three-in-five support a fund being set up for the children of missing women; 91 per cent of people in BC would like to see an improvement to police policies when it comes to missing people.

In his final report, Inquiry Commissioner and former Attorney General Wally Oppal made 63 recommendations, that included the creation of a Greater Vancouver regional police force.

He also identified seven failures in police investigations that may be the reason why serial killer Robert Pickton wasn’t arrested sooner.

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There are enough goosesteppers now , maybe we should ban them from Timmies during working hours. I think all these boys and girls think they were hired for their looks or something. I wish i had a job where i drove around in a free car going from restraunt to restraunt.

December 29, 2012 at 11:09 am

Keep dreaming. You’ll never see Vancouver Police ever amalgamate into a regional force, or ever bow out to the RCMP. The closest thing I can see happening is like Toronto where you still have the Toronto Police Service and then Peel and York Regional forces surrounding it. Even then, another factor would be costs. So if you live in a community with an RCMP detachment, expect a heft property tax hike to pay for all the equipment they would need. One thing that no one seems to mention is that while Pickton was doing his acts, there were not as many integrated units as there are now. The municipals and RCMP are working together more than ever.

December 29, 2012 at 2:07 am