Statement: Keeping community policing promises is important

Mr. Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP):

In 2006, the Conservative government promised funding for 2,500 new police officers.

Municipalities like New Westminster, Coquitlam and Port Moody were counting on this money for their police forces.

Coquitlam, for example, has one of the lowest police to population ratios in the country, at 1 member for every 939 people.

Last month, I met with members of the Canadian Association of Police Boards, who were in Ottawa for the fourth year in a row asking the government to live up to its promise of adding 2,500 new police officers to Canadian streets, and provide long-term stable funding to continue to fight crime.

The CAPB represents more than 75 municipal police boards employing in excess of 33,000 police personnel, and has repeatedly called on the government to provide dedicated funding for policing.

Police officers put their lives on the line everyday to keep our communities safe; it’s time for the Conservatives to deliver on their promise and give municipalities stable, long-term funding.