Richmond Review: 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.

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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