THE B.C. Liberals are recklessly cutting more than $4 million from critically important police services including major crimes investigators and an anti-gang unit say the B.C. New Democrats.
(The information on the cuts was first reported by Leo Knight in his Law and Order column in the “24 Hours” newspaper on Wednesday morning).
“These reckless B.C. Liberal cuts will hinder law enforcement in their efforts to crack down on motorcycle gangs and other criminal gangs and leave more murders and missing persons cases unsolved,” said New Democrat Public Safety Spokesperson Mike Farnworth on Wednesday. “The Liberal government claims to be concerned about gang violence and missing persons, but the truth is they are trying to walk away from both issues by removing funding.”
The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit’s (CFSEU) budget is being slashed by $2.8 million, while major crimes investigation, which handles murders and missing persons cases is being slashed by $1.4 million.
“We have the most unsolved cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in the country – and the B.C. Liberal response is to slash the budget for investigating these heartwrenching crimes – right after promising to do the exact opposite.”
A statement from the B.C. Liberal Justice Minister on CFSEU ‘s website says “gang violence is a top priority… and we support the CFSEU-BC so that they can continue in their enforcement efforts against organized crime and gang violence.”
“The B.C. Liberals say tackling gang violence is a priority – then they eliminate the unit investigating motorcycle gangs,” said Farnworth.
“The B.C. Liberals say they want a violence-free B.C. – then they fire the police officers that solve major crimes.
“B.C. families and communities deserve better.”