DELTA (NEWS1130) – A regional police force will not benefit the citizens of Delta, according to Mayor Lois Jackson.

She is the latest person to come out against the recommendation put forward by Missing Women Inquiry Commissioner Wally Oppal. Jackson doesn’t feel it would make her community safer, nor would it making policing cheaper.

“Everything that we analyzed here in Delta, including our ability to change and provide immediate response to more officers or change or any direction can happen now at the local level… if there was a regional force that could not happen.”

She says Delta’s model is ‘No Call is too Small” and that has been instituted for 13 years. “Local trends can be identified and analyzed and when you look after the small stuff, the big stuff is going to be taken care of much more easily and this has been proven in New York City.”

Jackson explains the Pickton murders happened a number of years ago and policing has changed a lot since then.

“Communication between all police departments has changed considerably since then and I don’t think creating a big mega police force is going to serve any of my people well.”