Saluting Our Volunteers

RCMP Makes U-turn, auxiliaries could be back

It always looked like a bureaucratic overreaction, a solution in search of a problem.

When the RCMP yanked its auxiliary officers away from the sharp end of policing this year, pulling them so far out of harm’s way that it took the edge off the job, it was a top-down decision made without input from the volunteers themselves or the communities they served.

So now, after considerable backlash, Mountie headquarters in Ottawa is taking another look. The force is asking municipalities for their opinion on three options for the auxiliary program, one of which would let them go back to doing much of what they did before.

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