Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi wants to know why the police force is axing two community stations.
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Last week, the Calgary Police Service (CPS) announced the Brae Centre and Riverbend Community Stations in District 6 in south Calgary will be closed as of May 6, allowing the CPS to move 48 officers to other parts of the city.
Nenshi says he is interested to hear the rationale behind the decision and whether the police had considered other options.
"And if there is in fact a way to continue operating them, maybe without a uniformed officer, maybe with fewer uniformed officers, I don't know," he said.
Nenshi acknowledged that CPS Chief Roger Chaffin has been good at shuffling money within his budget to meet his goal of putting more officers on the street.
"Ultimately, these reallocations will mean more officers on the street," CPS said in a release last week.
But Nenshi says he has not seen a request from the CPS for more funding to keep the community stations open.
The redeployments set to take effect May 8 are:
- 20 positions will move to District 2 in west Calgary, which stretches from Valley Ridge down to Glenmore Trail.
- 20 positions will move to District 3 in the north, which includes neighbourhoods from Huntington Hills down to the Bow River.
- 4 positions will be redeployed to District 4, which covers several northeast communities including Forest Lawn and Marlborough.
- 4 positions will move to District 5, which includes the neighbourhoods in the northeast corner of the city.