Richmond council questions RCMP costs

Richmond has overpaid for RCMP integrated teams to the average tune of $371,000 in the past three years, according to an analysis from city hall.

Richmond’s local force shares five specialized policing units, which include the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, with other municipalities, which split the cost based on criminal code cases and population.

It’s a formula designed to equitably distribute costs, but city staff have found that Richmond is paying more than its fair share.

At Monday’s council meeting, Coun. Ken Johnston expressed frustration that the RCMP leaves the number-crunching up to city staff. He also noted the city’s cost for the teams is rising 11 per cent for 2012-2013 to $3.7 million.

“It’s just foisted on us, these increases, without any substantial background,” said Johnston, who wants the city to further study policing alternatives to the RCMP.

“The RCMP provides a great service in Richmond, but the accountability factor keeps raising its head.”

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