British Columbia Sun

Victoria police proposing $20K inducement to enlist experienced officials

Key points: 

  • Crew members scarcity faced by B.C’s capital Victoria in its force. 
  • Twelve recruits will be proposed a one-time offer to join the force. 

Frontline Officials scarcity in Victoria’s Police Department: 

The Victoria Police Department is facing a shortage and requires new recruits. They are ready to pay for them. 

A One-time $20000 payment will be offered for those experienced officers relocating to B.C. capital’s force by VicPD. 

The proposal is on the table for 12 experienced officials as the department attempts to enlist already-trained policemen to confront front-line crew members shortages. 

“While Victoria is a beautiful place to live and work, it is one of the most expensive places in Canada to live,” says Chief Del Manakin in a statement.

“With over 35 officers unable to be deployed to frontline duty, the hard limits on training spaces available to us and the timelines required to recruit and train new officers, we need to hire the best police officers from across Canada to relocate and serve here.” Source – cbc.ca

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Many employers in the private sector are proposing inducements to try to fill staffing scarcity, says the Co-Chair of Police Board, Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps. She further states, “So it’s a strategic decision to do this, and the idea is to get the gap filled as soon as possible.”

The main reasons in the case of VicPD staff shortages are injury, Parental leave, and training. 

Also, the other major reason stated by The Union Spokesperson Matt Waterman is there not only out because of injury but they don’t feel encouraged by the council or public. He also declares Victoria is no longer an attractive place for police officers to work, it is because of gossips around police financing and censures about police controlling the mental health calls. 

“It goes to people trying to slam the police for what we do. And it’s just not fair to the average person who’s trying to do a very difficult job,” said Waterman.

Waterman hopes for the incentive method to work. 

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