The top cop in Kimberley wants staffing levels back between 90 to 100 per cent by summer.
RCMP Sergeant Chris Newel says resources dropped to 70 per cent in late December due to injuries and unfilled positions.
“90 to 100 per cent is where we really can benefit. Like I say, that gives us some flexibility,” Newel says. “The problem is often times, if we are at 70 or 80 per cent of our complement and something major happens, we are really stretched and we are pulling guys in that may have just got off.”
Newel says they want to be fully prepared for when activity picks up in the warmer months of the year.
“Typically, we run about 80 or 90 per cent and that’s doable,” Newel says. “It does put some pressure on guys, particularly when you are trying to get mandatory training done or when holidays happen. Its certainly something we can function fairly well at.”
Newel is concerned a prolonged drop in members could increase the risk of burn-out for staff
He says they’ve seen great support from the Cranbrook-Kimberley Crime Reduction Unit during the shortage.
– Kimberley RCMP Sergeant Chris Newel