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48 Regional Police Withdraw Services

Mayor Cecil Clarke

Cecil Clarke instructed the chief of the Cape Breton Regional Police to notify the RCMP Monday after police officers withdrew from four special units.

Clarke said he exercised his authority as mayor to manage an emergency.

"The city cannot and will not let public safety and security to be unnecessarily compromised," Clarke said.

Forty-eight members of the regional police service have withdrawn their participation in four police special units, including the 13 members of the emergency response team.

The officers argue that CBRM does not provide legal protection for its officers. The dispute comes in response to the conviction of a fellow officer last week on charges of obstruction of justice and breach of trust.

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