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REPORTING · 18th January 2015
Walter McFarlane

Staff Sergeant Phil Harrison gave his budget presentation for the RCMP to Council on Tuesday, January 13th. He asked Council to consider hiring two new members.

“The main reason I’m asking for it now is because it does take quite some time to get them and one of them I’m hoping to use as a supervisor,” said Harrison.

He said it is difficult to get members in to Kitimat and the position also goes before the Provincial government.

“It’s taking some time to try and staff positions here. People don’t like paying the high cost of the housing,” said Harrison.

He explained the Shell project expects four more members for their project and he expects the Chevron project would require more then four. Harrison stated some nights, they do not have enough people.

One of the items which came up were two Carbines which Council funded the previous year. They had come up at the previous nights Council Meeting.

“Those two Carbines for $10,000. I did a little research on those today. They are state of the art killing machines. $5,000 for a rifle. Extremely expensive. Especially since the Provincial Government will not do their 8020 cost limit on it,” said Councillor Larry Walker on Monday, January 12th.

He suggested an AK47 could be purchased at a bar in Prince Rupert for $300 and the need to upgrade weapons was a never ending battle in overkill.

Councillor Mario Feldhoff explained this was from a request from the RCMP from last year. He said there was an erosion of RCMP funding over the last few years and there have been a number of add ons, which are mandated on high for local governments to handle, such as the cell upgrades which have come up over the last few years.

Harrison explained to Council on the 13th, the RCMP needed a medium range weapon and the Carbine was selected to fill the role. The shotgun fills the short range role and the rifle fills the long range roll.

Harrison walked Council through several other items which were in the RCMP Supplementary budget.

Mayor Phil Germuth thanked the RCMP on behalf of the people of Kitimat for the work they do to keep the people of the town safe.

Councillor Mario Feldhoff asked how they could encourage further RCMP Members to come to the community and how other communities do it. Harrison replied in some communities, they have force housing. Another community has a stipend to give as a living allowance to purchase housing. Some communities have buildings which are rented out to members.

Councillor Larry Walker asked if Kitimat was too far south to get a northern living allowance. He was told this is correct. Councillor Edwin Empinado asked Kitimat had an incentive to attract RCMP to Kitimat. Harrison stated they no longer have an incentive.

In the past, RCMP Officers who came north could be offered a promotion or a better posting. However, now, they cannot offer promotion. They could offer a better posting afterwards and if there was available house, they could offer that.
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Comment by J Cruijff on 20th January 2015

What a laugh from the RCMP sergeant, $5000 dollar for one carbine? What does he want a Swat fully auto weapon?
Maybe he could be more explicit and tell us what he wants it for. As far as I am concerned fully automatic weapons are not! needed in our district and there has been no need for them in the past.
From what I have seen some of the RCMP members shooting leaves a lot to be desired.
Below is a sample of a perfectly good carbine that would fill the needs of any rural police force.

Bushmaster A3 AR 15- 11.5" entry carbine

SKU: 200-1011

Quick Overview
Bushmaster A3 AR 15- 11.5" barrel entry carbine

This is a semi automatic version of the genuine Bushmaster Law Enforcement Entry Carbine!

Bushmaster Law Enforcement A3 carbine 11.5" barrel AR15

Product Description
Bushmaster A3 AR 15- 11.5" entry carbine

Compact, powerful, and well balanced, Bushmaster Entry Carbines are perfect for deployment right out of Squad Car.

An 11.5 inch chromemoly steel barrel with hard chromed bore and chamber provide a long life and easy cleanup.

Barrel and other exposed steel parts of the weapon are Manganese Phosphate finished to insure protection against corrosion or rust.

Its A2 birdcage flash suppressor is fitted to control muzzle flash and rise in rapid fire situations.

The upper receiver is forged from lightweight 7075T6 aircraft quality aluminum.

The A3 upper receiver has a 300-600 meter rear sight system (with 1/2 MOA 3levation and windage adjustments).

The A3 upper receiver incorporates a Picatinny configuration mounting rail allowing easy attachment of most accessory sights, scopes, or optic devices.

A six position fiberite composite telestock provides ease of carry and maneuverability in tight confines.

Shipped in a lockable hard case with Operators Safety Manual, 30/5 Round Magazine, Orange Safety Block, and black web sling.

One Year Bushmaster Warranty.

Comments by rookie councilor
Comment by Anonymous on 18th January 2015
I wonder if the citizens of Prince Rupert are aware that AK 47 weapons can be purchased in bars in their city, perhaps if the councillor is aware of this he should be contacting the Prince Rupert RCMP.
He should also be talking to the families and friends of RCMP officers that have been killed or injured while looking after all citizens, if he thinks purchasing new and better weapons is overkill.
Comment by Vern on 18th January 2015
Councillor Larry Walker I know you are new to the game but I as a tax payer do not have a problem providing the RCMP with the tools they need to protect us.