WHEREAS the Police Funding Regulation (hereafter referred to as “the Regulation”) was enacted by the Government of Alberta on July 22, 2020; and
WHEREAS the Regulation states that each municipality receiving policing under the Provincial Police Services Agreement (PPSA) shall pay a cost in each fiscal year for receiving policing services provided by the provincial police service in an amount determined by the Minister in accordance with the Regulation; and
WHEREAS the police funding model established in the Regulation will start in 2021 at 10% of total provincial costs under the PPSA, and increase to 15% in 2022, 20% in 2023 and 30% in 2024; and
WHEREAS for municipalities that have not borne the provincial policing service cost in the past, these additional costs will be a significant budget line item in 2021 and beyond; and
WHEREAS the current PPSA was signed by the Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations on August 31, 2011; and
WHEREAS a corporate review of the current PPSA and the overall organizational structure, efficiency and effectiveness of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police policing service has not been completed; and
WHEREAS as with any other municipal contracted service, municipalities need the best information available to ensure that their taxpayer dollars are being used in the most cost-effective manner; and
WHEREAS rural crime in Alberta is increasing and the Government of Alberta has acknowledged this as a priority;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) advocate to the Government of Alberta to freeze municipal contributions under the police funding model at no greater than 10% of the total policing costs under the Provincial Police Services Agreement (PPSA) until a corporate review of the PPSA and the overall organizational structure, efficiency and effectiveness of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) policing service has been completed and the review made available to all municipalities in Alberta; and
FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that RMA advocate to the Government of Alberta that all monies collected from the police funding model remain in the Rural Municipalities of Alberta district from which they were collected.
The Municipal District of Lesser Slave River has a process and policy in place for the procurement of goods and services. The policy is established so the procurement of goods and services are done in a manner that is consistent, competitive, transparent and ensures citizen confidence. Research of other rural municipalities indicate that similar policies are also in place.
In the policy, the procurement of goods and services with an estimated value greater than $10,000 must be completed through a public process such as a request for quote, request for tender, request for proposal or a prequalification of bidder/expression of interest invitational tender. All procurement opportunities of this nature must be advertised externally via our website, regional newspapers and the Alberta Purchasing Connection website (for goods and services greater than the $75,000 and construction project greater than the $200,000 thresholds).
The police funding model applied via the Police Funding Regulation will be a direct requisition/invoice to the Municipal District of Lesser Slave River and all other municipalities receiving Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) service under the Provincial Police Services Agreement (PPSA). Based on the police funding model, the current equalized assessment and population numbers for the Municipal District, the table below indicates our estimated requisitions for the next four years:
|Police Funding Model*|
|PFM Percentage||Year||$ per Capita||Invoice|
* Base cost (50% weighted equalized assessment + 50% weighted population) – Modifiers (shadow population + crime severity index + detachment proximity) = Requisition/Invoice
The procurement of the provincial police service (as a contract service provider) for the Municipal District far exceeds our procurement policy in dollar value. Additionally, the spirit of consistent, competitive, and transparent procurement has been eliminated and this does not inspire citizen confidence on the service or the costs. This is a significant cost to the Municipal District. We are unfortunately on the back end of this procurement process.
At the front end of this is the Government of Alberta, based on the PPSA, which was signed with the RCMP in 2011. This is the starting point where the Government of Alberta needs to conduct a review of the agreement and the organizational structure of the RCMP to ensure that the consistent, competitive and transparent procurement of police services is completed and communicated to municipalities prior to issuing requisitions/invoices above the 10% municipal costing threshold in place for 2021.
The Municipal District is not opposed to contributing a portion of the costs for a provincial police service. As with all governmental procurement, accountability, transparency and value to our citizens and ratepayers is a crucial part of good governance. To go beyond the police funding model of 10%, the Government of Alberta needs to demonstrate that the current provincial police service meets or exceeds these criteria.
2-19F: Government of Alberta’s Police Costing Test Model
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Rural Municipalities of Alberta urge the Government of Alberta to engage in further consultation with municipalities on the police costing test model to examine options to meet the Government of Alberta’s goal of reducing policing costs without negatively impacting policing service delivery or municipal financial viability.
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