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Cape Breton nixes policing of Wagmatcook

The Cape Breton Regional Police Service will not be patrollingWagmatcook First Nation, and it’s not yet clear what will happen to thethree-person RCMP detachment currently covering the reserve.

The Cape Breton Regional Police Service will not be patrolling Wagmatcook First Nation, and it’s not yet clear what will happen to the three-person RCMP detachment currently covering the reserve.

Police spokesperson Desiree Vassallo said negotiations between the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, the provincial and federal governments and Wagmatcook band council ended late Friday after it became clear the municipality might be on the hook for some of the cost.

“The CBRM has withdrawn from the proposal to provide Wagmatcook with policing services, basically because the parties couldn’t reach an agreement that would assure no financial liability to the CBRM taxpayers,” she said.

Vassallo said she had few other details because the decision to withdraw from the negotiations was made by the chief administrative officer’s office.

The municipality had authorized the police service to make an offer to provide five officers to the community, which is about 60 kilometres from Sydney, at a cost of just over $600,000 a year.

RCMP contract

• Wagmatcook First Nation had planned to end its contract with RCMP on April 1 and replace policing with the Cape Breton Regional Police Service.

• The band’s decision came 13 months after an RCMP officer fatally shot Wagmatcook resident John Simon.

 
 
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