An aging patrol fleet, unreliable radio communications, and staffing levels are among the issues the union representing officers with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary want addressed by candidates in the provincial election.
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Association has put together a list of issues affecting their members and they want responses from the candidates on how they will be addressed.
The Association says members do not have a reliable radio communications system to safely and effectively complete their duties. In some areas, the RNCA claims officers do not have radio coverage—something they say is a serious safety issue.
The patrol fleet currently has vehicles that have racked up over 200,000 km, and are relied upon for winter driving and in some cases high-speed pursuits. Some of the fleet, the association says, have exceeded their life expectancy and have received over $70,000 worth of maintenance and repairs—exceeding the cost of a new patrol car.
Staffing levels are at issue, as is the topic of mental health and the lack of a return-to-work program for officers with mental health issues due to the stresses of the job.
They’re asking candidates for responses to questions on how they intend to address those issues.