Some mayors of smaller towns and villages are worried what a reduction in RCMP satellite offices will mean for policing services in their municipalities.
The RCMP is planning to close between 12 and 15 satellite offices around New Brunswick.
The police force argues that all of its patrol cars are equipped with computers now so they no longer need as many small, satellite offices spread around the province.
Raymond Murphy, the executive director of the Union of New Brunswick Municipalities, said the police force has held consultations with various communities, such as Salisbury, New Maryland and Lepreau.
Murphy said he understands the police force must cut costs and paying for heat, cleaning and snow clearing for offices that are used once or twice a week may not be efficient.
But Murphy said the towns still want a police presence.
"Our biggest concern is that our municipalities receive the coverage that they feel they are entitled to," Murphy said.
The RCMP have also met with municipal officials from Cap-Pelé, Memramcook, Salisbury and Petitcodiac.
'Hopefully we'll have a face-to-face discussion and see the reason why if it happens but I think there's more questions than answers at the moment.'— Dalhousie Mayor Clem Tremblay
Petitcodiac Mayor Jerry Gogan said he has been assured by the RCMP that closing the satellite office won't negatively affect policing in his southeastern village.
"Well, we'll just have to wait and see but I'm skeptical about that," he said.
Dalhousie Mayor Clem Tremblay was also supposed to meet with the RCMP a few weeks ago, but the meeting was cancelled.
Tremblay said he still wants to meet with the RCMP to discuss the impact of closing these smaller offices on his northern town.
"Hopefully we'll have a face-to-face discussion and see the reason why if it happens but I think there's more questions than answers at the moment," he said.
A RCMP spokesperson said these are consultations with local councils and no decisions have been made.
The provincial Department of Natural Resources announced a similar plan in March 2012 to close 11 of its 28 district offices.
Under the plan, forest rangers will spend more time in their trucks — equipped with laptops, GPS systems and other technology.