FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Department of Public Safety is reviewing local and provincial policing services to find ways to facilitate co-operation and improve safety.

“The safety of the public is our priority, and we work every day with police forces across our province to ensure New Brunswickers have access to the services they depend on,” said Public Safety Minister Carl Urquhart. “There is a trend towards looking at new models of policing, including regional collaboration. With more calls for new models of service, the Department of Public Safety will be reviewing how to ensure that there is an adequate level of service for all New Brunswickers and that costs are appropriately shared.”

The department is responsible for promoting efficient and effective policing in the province.

This review will help determine whether there is an appropriate distribution of policing services. It will also examine the level of service, the need for specialized services and the requirements necessary to maintain those specialized services.

As part of the review, the department will:

•           Consult with stakeholders, including police forces and municipalities.

•           Consider opportunities for regional co-operation.

•           Consider opportunities to provide centralized services.

•           Ensure that specialized services can be adequately provided.

There are currently seven municipal police forces and two regional police forces in New Brunswick. The RCMP provide police services to nine municipalities through direct agreements with the federal government.

Policing in the remaining 76 municipalities and in all of the province’s local service districts are provided through the Provincial Police Services Agreement.