Parkland RCMP Drug Unit to lose member

Parkland County cancels funding of one of four positions.

Parkland RCMP’s Drug Unit will not be as effective when it loses one of its four members on July 31.

That’s according to Detachment Commander Mike Lokken, in response to Parkland County canceling its funding of the position.

He says each community in the tri-region funded one of the positions, along with the province supporting the fourth. Due to the County being a rural municipality, it received its policing money from the Alberta Government.

Parkland County states that due to funding changes from the province and revenue losses from the transition away from coal, it can no longer budget for this cost.

Lokken says it’s more than just drug work that’ll be affected.

“Drugs and crime do go hand-in-hand, so a lot of the work that the Drug Unit does is recovering hundreds of items of stolen property, taking down chop shops, taking guns off the streets ­– it’s not strictly drugs, it’s all the things that come with it,” he said.  

Lokken says the detachment will adjust by having its Crime Prevention Unit work closely with the Drug Unit, as there’s already areas of overlap between the two.

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