Police training done, Darryl Hickie says he'll focus on MLA duties
Prince Albert-Carlton MLA had been criticized by NDP for wearing 2 hats
A Saskatchewan Party member of the legislature who had been criticized for going back to police work while he was still sitting as an MLA says he is now fully committed to his political job.
The NDP Opposition had been calling on Darryl Hickie to either choose work as a police officer or as a politician, but not to do both.
Hickie had been an officer with the Prince Albert Police Service before he entered politics. He's not running in the next election, and in recent weeks has been undergoing training so he can requalify for the police force.
Premier Brad Wall said if it's just training, it's OK, but added if Hickie returned to full-time police work he would have to quit and a byelection would be held.
However, on Friday Hickie said he has completed "the most intensive part of requalification and training" and will focus on being the MLA for Prince Albert Carlton until the next provincial election, which is expected in 2016.
That means no more work for the police service until after the election, Hickie said in a news release.