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Dieppe, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice, on behalf of Canada's Public Safety Minister, Vic Toews, joined New Brunswick Premier David Alward today to announce that, as of April 1, Greater Moncton, made up of Riverview, Dieppe and Moncton, as well as the municipality of Sackville, will benefit from the same cost-sharing terms as similar sized municipal jurisdictions that contract for RCMP services elsewhere across Canada.

“I am very pleased to announce that the Government of Canada has reached an agreement with Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe and Sackville that will continue the relationship between the RCMP and the people of these communities for another two decades,” said M.P. Goguen. “When the new agreements take effect on April 1, the Greater Moncton and Sackville communities will no longer be required to pay the full cost of RCMP Contract Policing.  Under the new contracts, they will pay the same cost-share ratio as any other community of their size, representing a total cost savings of approximately $2.5 million annually for the affected communities.”

“We are proud to have been part of the solution to these longstanding financial challenges for Greater Moncton and Sackville,” said Premier David Alward. “This new agreement will result in substantial savings in police costs. This is the result of a lot of hard work on all sides. I congratulate everyone involved for their co-operative spirit and willingness to work together in the best interest of the residents of Greater Moncton and Sackville.”

“I am pleased that we have found common ground with the federal government to ensure safety and security at a fair and reasonable cost for these communities and others across the province,” said Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Robert Trevors. “We are proud to work in partnership with the RCMP to build a safe New Brunswick.”

“Under the federal New Entrants to Municipal Policing (NEMP) Policy, municipalities that signed the 1992–2012 agreement after 1992 pay 100% of their RCMP policing costs. Because Greater Moncton and Sackville signed their Municipal Police Services Agreements in 1998 and 2003, respectively, they were required to pay 100% of the cost of policing,” said Minister Toews. “With the new agreements, this will no longer be the case.”

The Government of Canada negotiated with all contract provinces and territories for almost four years to arrive at an agreement that addresses the interests of all parties. The new agreement addresses key issues raised by the provinces and territories, including governance, accountability, program sustainability and cost containment. At the same time, it will ensure that communities continue to receive the most efficient, effective and sustainable police services possible.

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