On January 18, 2022, the PTS Committee held its first meeting, where it reviewed the Committee’s Terms of Reference and discussed filling two vacancies. The Committee also reviewed recent correspondence from the RCMP and the Province of BC regarding the anticipated “Police Information Package” which will outline the Town’s responsibilities under the Police Act. The final version of the packages has been delayed as a result of the new Collective Agreement for the RCMP. Read the minutes from the January 18, 2022 meeting here.
On February 9, 2022, Statistics Canada stated that the population count for Gibsons, BC on Census Day was 4,758. As a result, the Town will not have to begin covering 70% of its policing costs for at least five more years (the next Census results will be released in 2027).
When the Town of Gibsons’ population exceeds 5,000 people, then the Town will be required to start paying 70% of its policing costs (compared to the 30% we currently pay). Learn more about the Police Services Tax here.
The Town has been preparing for this transition since 2019, when it established a Police Services Select Committee to provide an overview of the history of police services in Gibsons, identify issues and actions to improve the level of policing services in Gibsons, and discuss options for policing the Town of Gibsons.
On December 17, 2019, Council received the “Police Services Select Committee Final Report” which recommended that the Town opt for an agreement for RCMP policing, but with a contract that spells out specific service levels.
The Town has also established a Police Services Reserve Fund, to help mitigate the large increase in policing costs that will occur when the Town reached a population of 5,000 people.
Police Transition Select Committee
On December 21, 2021, Council resolved to establish the Police Transition Select (PTS) Committee in anticipation of the Town’s population crossing the 5,000 person threshold. Read the related Staff Report here.
The purpose of the PTS Committee is to facilitate the transition from the provincial government providing policing, to the Town of Gibsons being responsible for providing policing within Town boundaries.
This role will assist with the implementation of the police transition plan, including police service levels, police costs and the promotion of good working relationships with stakeholders.
The PTS Committee will be comprised of the Mayor (who will serve as the Chair of the Committee), Councillor Lumley, and between three and five community members, who will be appointed for their knowledge of policing issues.
The PTS Committee expects to gather at 3pm on the second Wednesday of each month, and expects to complete its work prior to September 30, 2022.